BAL­ANC­ING ACT

Main­tain­ing equi­lib­rium in life has be­come more dif­fi­cult in this in­creas­ingly fast-paced world, but that also makes it all the more im­por­tant

Business Traveler (USA) - - HEALTH & WELLNESS - By Alex An­der­s­son

It’s of­fi­cial: our so­ci­ety’s got ADD. “We’ve be­come ac­cus­tomed to over-stim­u­la­tion, so a lot of people have de­vel­oped very short at­ten­tion spans. A big rea­son for that is the bom­bard­ment of tweets, texts and e-mails that we are con­stantly ex­posed to, com­ing from all di­rec­tions,” says Laura Leist, chief pro­duc­tiv­ity of­fi­cer at Elim­i­nate Chaos, or­ga­ni­za­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity so­lu­tion spe­cial­ists.

Com­bine this with a de­mand­ing work­load that in­cludes reg­u­lar travel, high lev­els of re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tion across time zones and you get a sit­u­a­tion where you are reach­able, and work­ing, at any given mo­ment – 24/7.

This fast-paced, hy­per-con­nected en­vi­ron­ment not only blurs the lines be­tween per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life, but it also dis­ables us from fo­cus­ing on our men­tal well­be­ing, says Leist.

“People have lost touch with them­selves and know­ing the tell-tale signs of when they are stressed.”

Un­in­ten­tion­ally, the check­ing of e-mails, pings, tweets and bleeps can reach near-com­pul­sive lev­els. And this is a slip­pery segue to a point where work dom­i­nates dis­pro­por­tion­ately, and starts to tan­gi­bly af­fect your well­be­ing.

“This is par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous for cer­tain per­son­al­ity types, ”says Dr. Clara To, di­rec­tor

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