Education, the food and beverage sector, and the corporate world all changed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Furthermore, the work from era transformed the way we function – on the one hand, it saved us time and money on commutes, but on the other hand, it merged work and family life, making the two seem inseparable elements of our lives.
Many people have lost track of where work ends and vacation begins as their workload has increased. In addition to working from home, a poll found that American working professionals used up to four days of their vacation to forget about work. And in a post-pandemic world, everything has become much more problematic; we have no idea how this can affect mental health collectively.
Can work-life habits impact mental health?
Working people devote a significant amount of time to reading and replying to official communications. This can sometimes extend to unusual hours before and after work, as well as weekends. Several forms of study and analysis have linked this large stressor to a higher risk of psychological discomfort, burnout, and poor physical health in working professionals.
Work digitization, according to studies, blurred the barrier between work and family life, preventing employees from engaging in activities that would help them recover from burnout. Furthermore, constant communication outside of working hours has a negative impact on physical and mental health, family connections, and causes anxiety and stress.
Worse, other working professionals indicated that they are expected to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that they are required to answer emails all night; in addition, these employees experienced high levels of stress, fatigue, and health concerns. In addition, 36% of employees said it’s typical to answer all work emails right away.
Is relaxation a waste of time?
When on vacation or trying to relax, some employees are inclined to feel guilty. People who feel unproductive and indolent while relaxing are more likely to experience stress, depression, and anxiety, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Alternatively, even while relaxing, thinking about being productive adds to higher mental health; and checking email is not required for this.
Furthermore, according to a study published in the Academy of Management Proceedings, simply knowing that you have to answer emails after work can cause tension and worry in an individual and their family.