Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy Work -

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.

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