3 Benefits of Unplugging After Work

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1. A Connected World

Technology has linked us up in ways we never imaged. But how many of our technological powers are actually beneficial to our well-being? Some feel that many are not – and that there may be major psychological pitfalls to the constant connectivity that’s become a way of life.

2. You will be MORE productive at work the next day

Research shows that signing off from work email over the weekend allows you to recover from the demands of your job. In a survey of 229 office workers, researchers found that having a restorative weekend was key to reducing job-related stress, repairing fatigue, recovering from workplace hostilities and fears and improving a sense of serenity, mastery and control. Continuing to communicate with colleagues after hours not only creates stress, but it prevents your brain from relaxing and recouping from a long work day in preparation for the next.

3. Your body will feel better

Take a break from the chair and desk. Studies have shown that eyestrain and other painful optic symptoms like twitching, appear in 50 to 90 percent of those who spend their days working behind a computer. Sitting at Improperly positioned desks and screens can cause people to misalign their spinal column and legs, making their muscles feel tight. To prevent chronic pain from hunching, make sure you’re sitting with your knees at a 90-degree angle.

“In the long term, ensuring employee recovery from job stress by detaching themselves from work is beneficial for sustaining employees’ well-being and job performance capabilities.” said YoungAh Park, an assistant professor of psychology, Kansas State University

Solitude is harder to find in an always-connected world.

It’s a challenge to let ourselves slow down, and in a world where outside noise is coming quicker and louder than ever, the need for solitude becomes more apparent. Solitude keeps us grounded. It provides the stillness and quiet required to evaluate and reflect on our lives and see things more clearly. True solitude and meditation will always require the intentional action of shutting off the noise and the screens. We can retreat from the world for a moment without being renounced by it.

Try it for yourself.

The bottom line is that we’d probably do well to give technology a rest when we’re able, especially after work. Instead of stealing glances at our phones when we’re in the company of our family and friends, we should focus more on the present moment– not to mention, this could benefit our mental health and the mental health of those around us.

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