Do you want to know the secret to reducing stress. (well, one of them). It’s a little button at the bottom of the plethora of crappy emails you most probably get every.single.day. One simple word. Unsubscribe.
Technology may be a great thing, but who needs a zillion emails a day reminding you about the best daily deals on gym shoes or discounts on luxury holidays or trying to get you excited about a “free Turkish towel with any purchase!!”. 5 mins sitting down at your desk could rid you of about 50 different things that you are probably no longer interested in, don’t need or read and some you didn’t even know why you are getting in the first place. Quite cathartic really.
Psychologists are now warning that a constant stream of emails are a “toxic form of stress”. This applies to emails about work just as much as said annoying marketing info. A report from the London-based Future Work Centre, which conducts psychological research on people’s workplace experiences, said emails were a “double-edged sword” that provided a useful means of communication but could also be a source of stress.
“Whilst it can be a valuable communication tool, it’s clear that it’s a source of stress of frustration for many of us.”
Dr Richard MacKinnon
The research team at the centre are urging people not to become slaves to email technology and instead, use it because you intend to, not just because it’s always there. The day you decide to book that luxury holiday, I’m betting you will find a huge amount of discounts just waiting when you search for it.
So off you go. Open that email box, start unsubscribing. Promise it will make you will feel better.