7 Ways to Disconnect From Work

[ 0 ] June 3, 2015 |

Technology has revolutionized the way we do business. Because of it, we can work from home, check emails from our cell phones, work on a tablet as we ride the train and answer phone calls while driving. While the conveniences of The Connected Age are numerous, one common complaint from humans: The need to be available to their company 24/7. How hard is it for you to stop checking your email at the dinner table? Have you responded to a query at 2 AM from your bedside table? Do you eat lunch at your desk? Our need to please and overachieve has turned many of us too intertwined with our devices. Here are seven ways to disconnect from work – and reconnect with yourself!

1. Express your needs right off the back. “At every job interview I let it be known that I work from home on Fridays,” said Mary Strutts, author of The Missing Mentor and Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Relation at Elan Corporation. That way, you can accomplish chores on Fridays and spend quality time with family on the weekends — and not dishes and laundry.

2. Sleep. Most doctors recommend eight hours, and a beeping phone can disrupt a much-needed REM cycle. Turn your phone off or set it to silent to not wake up to incoming calls or messages. Better yet, charge your phone in another room.

3. Do not answer emails immediately, or on weekends or during odd hours. Once you show that you’re reachable 24/7 or 10 PM on a Saturday, you’ve set a standard for yourself and what’s acceptable business practice. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? If you are in fear of your inbox flooding by not answering emails at night or on weekends, set up an away message that says “Thank you for contacting me. I will respond to your email during normal business hours, but if this needs my immediate attention, please call (xxx) xxx-xxxx.

4. Leave the office for lunch. Even if you brown bag it, bring your food to a local park, bench or cafe with outdoor seating (you may need to splurge on a drink to sit there). Just 15 minutes of sunlight can provide you with the sufficient levels of Vitamin D recommended to help ward of heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancers of the breast, colon and prostate. For additional motivation to leave your desk, visit The Energy Project’s Take Back Your Lunch initiative.

5. Connect with nature — not with BlackBerry. Not only will your reception be too spotty in the mountains or far outskirts of the suburbs, chances are you’ll also feel so intoxicated by the great outdoors to think about the great workload. Research conducted by the University of Essex showed that hanging out in the wilderness showed improved self-esteem and improved diet habits.

6. Wash the work. Taking a shower or a bath to clean and revitalize the skin is a simple and luxurious way to wipe the work dust away.  Rinse with cold water to improve circulation after a long day of tension in the shoulders, back and legs. Use a towel, sponge or brush at your legs, abdomen, arms and back to help the blood flow, remove dead skin, awaken new cells and beautify yourself from head to toe. Scented candles. A glass of wine. Music. Your boss will not come to mind – or at least shouldn’t –unless there’s an office romance that we don’t know about … and that brings us to our final piece of advice …

7. Sex. Intimacy is a low-cost, fun, effective way to ward that anxious feeling you get when you’re disconnect from the office for too long. Instead your temperature will slightly rise, your blood flow will increase and smile-inducing serotonin levels will get a boost. The site, WhatWomenWantToKnow, were delighted to share a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, whichfound that couples who had more sex, had less cortisol (the stress hormone) in their bodies. Plus, typing an email with two thumbs while moving around under the covers will likely lead to embarrassing typos.

Tell us: How do you disconnect from work – and reconnect with yourself?

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