E-mails and weight gain

You might not think so, but the way you send and receive e-mails every day could be the reason why you’re so stressed out.

According to a new report presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference, our e-mail habits could be drastically increasing our stress levels. This in turn can increase the risk of heart disease â?? and promote weight gain.

E-mails have become part of our daily life and although we can’t control having to send or receive them, we can control the way in which we react to them.

Do you commit any of these e-mail sins?

  • Checking and responding to e-mails immediately. Think about how much time you spend constantly checking your inbox to see if you’ve received a new e-mail. â??If a reply is not time sensitive, then you can wait to reply. Waiting helps you be more productive with your time and also gives you the chance to craft a more thoughtful reply,” says LinkedIn’s career expert, Nicole Williams.

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  • E-mailing off the clock. If your boss expects you to do work after hours, which includes sending and replying to e-mails, you need to start setting some boundaries. Boundaries are healthy and teach people how to treat you in terms of availability, says Williams.

  • Being part of a constant e-mail chain. You know the ones… The â??thank-yousâ? and the â??no problemâ? e-mails. Don’t feel the need to respond to each and every e-mail. If there’s no obvious reason to reply, assume the conversation has ended. You’ll waste less time and stop clogging up your own â?? and everyone else’s — inbox.

Recommended reading: Why you need to turn your phone off after supper

Source: Prevention.com