Strange is the power of internet and the cyber world; it can get you friends and foes.
Everyday, you meet new people on the web through the social networking sites; earlier, google chats served the same purpose somewhat, and this is the way we get to know the world closer; at the same time this web connection is giving us serious problems like addiction, headache, eye pain and stress.
Today the mail through Google or Yahoo or Outlook is more of a serious business; most office conversations are completed through email, and hence it is important presently.
But the more the number of unread mails in your inbox, the more your panic attack symptoms, have you ever realized that?
I am sure, some of you did; even I do sometimes, feel worried and nervous when there are too many unread mails in my inbox, I go through the senders and subject line to ensure that nothing disastrous has happened to my career!
Ron Friedman, a psychologist and author of "The Best Place To Work,” declares with his observation that the count of new emails is known to be one of the highest anxiety causing factors in today’s life.
The simple reason is, when you see that there are so many mails waiting for you to be viewed (despite the fact that you had cleared your inbox the last evening), you know each of them is a form of demand placed on you, which requires your attention, and then your effort. You have to go through them and then again have to spend time and energy in deciding on them, and that will equip you overly, the thought of which is stress provoking; you might have planned of completing your work quickly today and go home early for dinner, and now these many emails hurl a load of extra impending tasks on you, which you have to attend, but was not planned earlier.
Some times more number of awaiting mails in your work id can stress you further, because you start anticipating their content.
If I wake up in the morning and view a large number of mails from my office, I start wondering whether I have made some new mistake in my work due to which so many mails are there as a repurcation; perhaps I have not delivered something yesterday which I was supposed to, hence they have mailed me to remind me of my failure to reach the deadline; what if they again found out something faulty; what if they throw me out of my job… can you see the pattern of anxious thoughts after viewing your inbox?
If you are worried of your job, you are definitely suffering from anxiety, and that is serious, isn’t it?
"There's no question that constantly checking email is bad for both productivity and quality of life," Friedman adds.
Of course if we have to go through our mails constantly, it wastes a lot of quality time, and that is true.
So what do we do, to make our lives a bit, more healthy?
1. First thing in the morning when you sit with your laptop for work, should NOT be checking your office mail account.
2. Sip a warm cup of coffee and go through some online newspapers, or journals to read something of your interest. May be, you can watch some good videos too. Once you are settled in the mind, you can begin your work.
3. Prepare yourself for more work each day. Before you check your list of mails, be prepared mentally that today they will be more than yesterday; you have to do more work. This can make you feel tired initially, but it has a positive side too, if you have more responsibilities to perform today, it means your efficiency is well-measured and hence you have more tasks from the office, so you will never lose your job Automatically, when you are prepared for something, you won’t be anxious; if you find there are less mails than your expectation, then fine, great, be happy, less work, less pressure.
4. Do not palpitate before viewing the content of your mails, some just need to be ignored and rejected.
5. Practice mindfulness every morning to get rid of your anxious thoughts.
Read also: How does mindfulness reduce anxiety?