Are you guilty of constantly hitting the refresh button on your email? Well stop it. Research suggests that easing up on chronic email checking can reduce psychological stress.
The study used 124 adults from students to doctors, and split them into two groups to observe stress levels. The first group was limited to checking their email three times a day for one week, while the other could check it as much as they want. After filling out brief surveys and questions at the end of each day, it was concluded that the group that checked less appeared to be less stressed.
Of course reducing email checking is easier said than done though. With constant access, it makes it difficult to even realize how often we check email. One of the researchers suggests checking email in chunks several times per day rather than immediately responding, and says from his personal experience, it has made him stress less.
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