Work Emails Have an Effect on Your Mental Health
Responding to an email late at night or after five when your work is done might score you some points with your boss, but it will take a toll on your mental health and your relationships.
According to a new study, when you are expected to check your work emails 24/7 can have an effect on the mental health of both employee and their family members and partners. Researchers examined 142 people who had a full-time job. They also surveyed their significant others. The main focus of the study was expectations of employers regarding email communication. The couples answered questions about their well-being, mental health, and relationship satisfaction. Also, approximately 100 managers participated in a survey adding the value of the organizations ‘expectations.
Those who said that they felt obligated to check work emails at home reported a higher level of anxiety and lower measures of well-being. The effect was the same regardless of the time spent on their emails outside of work. The study suggests that expectation of being available online was enough to have a negative impact on employees’ mental health.
The partners of people who would check work emails after working hours also reported a lower level of overall well-being, mental health, and satisfaction with a relationship.
Liuba Belkin, the co-author of the study and an associate professor of management at Lehigh University said that hopefully, results will change the approach employers have towards their employees and expectations after working hours.
A Year in Paris is as Bad as Smoking 183 Cigarettes
A study published by the European Transport & Environment association suggests that spending only a few days in certain European capitals is the equivalent of smoking cigarettes.
The study compared the air pollution of the ten largest cities in Europe with the number of cigarettes smoked.
For example, spending only one weekend in Pars could be as bad for your health as smoking two cigarettes. Spending one weekend in Prague is the equivalent of smoking four cigarettes while spending two days in Beijing is the equivalent of smoking up to 16 cigarettes.
The main reason these cities can be damaging to our health is air pollution.
Air pollution is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. The study had an impact on tourists who usually spend their days walking around, exposing themselves to toxins.
The most harmful air pollution consists of small particles which are small enough to work their way into our lungs and bloodstream where they can trigger stroke, asthma, lung cancer and heart attacks. Breathing 22 micrograms of these fine particles has the same effects as smoking cigarettes. According to the study, spending one year in Paris is equal to smoking 183 cigarettes.
Recently, Paris was under high alert over a rise in ozone which happened due to summer heat-waves in Europe. Ozone pollution can cause immediate health issues including asthma attacks and rhinitis.
How Much Should You Exercise to Manage Your Mental Health?
When it comes to lifting your mood or improving your mental health, exercising is on top of the list of things you can do to feel better right away. Exercise gives you endorphins which makes you happy.
Of course, we are not trying to suggest that mental health issues have a quick fix, but if you are feeling stressed out, exercising can help you feel better.
How much should we exercise? Several studies have shown somewhat different results. Some studies suggest spending between two and a half to seven hours exercising each week to feel better. However, several studies proved that spending only ten minutes exercising is enough for you to feel better and less stressed.
When it comes to exercising more is always better.
The impact that exercise has on your mood can vary from person to person. Adam Chekroud, a lead author of a study said:
“People who exercised definitely had fewer days of bad mental health than those who don’t, even when we match them with other things that might matter, like age, gender, and income.”
If you feel like going to bed after work because you are stressed out, you should go for a jog or hit the gym to feel better today and to start feeling better tomorrow.