From telecommuting to computer programs that make work easier, technology has helped our lives in many ways. But it has also created expectations of constant accessibility – the workday never seems to end.
“There are times when you should just shut your phone off and enjoy the moment,” says Robert Brooks, a professor of psychology from Harvard Medical School and co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence and Personal Strength in Your Life.
Robert says that phone notifications interrupt your off-time and inject an undercurrent of stress into your system. So don’t text at your kid’s soccer game and don’t send work e-mail while you’re hanging out with family, he advises. Make quality time true quality time.
By not reacting to updates from work, you’ll develop a stronger habit of resilience. “Resilient people feel a greater sense of control over their lives,” says Robert, while reactive people have less control and are more prone to stress.