In recent years our work day seems to stretch endlessly into nights and weekends. With email on our mobile devices plus other communication apps demanding our attention around the clock, we can’t turn off the stress.
The question now is: should you be available at all hours?
“A Northern Illinois University study that came out this summer shows just how bad this level of connection really is. The study found that the expectation that people need to respond to emails during off-work hours produces a prolonged stress response, which the researchers named telepressure. Telepressure ensures that you are never able to relax and truly disengage from work. This prolonged state of stress is terrible for your health. Besides increasing your risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity, stress decreases your cognitive performance.”
There can be no doubt that we need to establish boundaries between our personal and professional lives. When we get sucked into work as so often happens these days,, our health, and home lives suffer.
- Family Life and Relationships
- Mental State
- Self Awareness
- Integrity and Resistence to Stress
“Success and fulfillment so often depend upon your ability to set good boundaries. Once you can do this, everything else just falls into place”