Catching up on emails after vacation puts the grind back in work

On your first day back from work after a delightful two-week vacation, were you instantly stressed out by unanswered email?

The transition back to work can quickly wipe out the positive effects of a much-needed break, said Dr. Paul J. Rosch, president of the American Institute of Stress, in a story in the Chicago Tribune.

Heart attacks and strokes are said to occur more often on Mondays due to the stress of returning to work after having a weekend off, he said. “But getting back to the grind after two weeks of a relaxing vacation could be a greater health hazard.”

Rosch admits there’s no easy answers to whether — or how — you should disconnect yourself from the office. Checking email can make your return to work less stressful, but staying connected makes it hard to relax. He suggests setting some ground rules for yourself depending on your responsibilities and leaving an out-of-office email telling people the dates you’re gone.

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