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The Importance of Disconnecting

Whether your vacation has come and gone, or is still on the horizon, make sure to find ways and time to disconnect from work. Living in such a connected world makes it hard to unplug and resist the urge to check work email.


Of Americans use their smartphones for work during personal downtime


Of workers feel pressure to respond to work emails while on vacation

It’s no surprise that more than half of all workers report experiencing burnout.

When burned out, you’re emotionally exhausted. Disconnecting can help this battle and bring these rewards:

  • Reduce stress: always being available leads to emotional and psychological stress. Inability to
    disconnect leads to higher fatigue and burnout
  • Improve relationships: always being available for work reduces your mental capacity to invest
    in important relationships like your spouse, kids, and friends
  • Be better at your job: you need a break to reset and refresh. Even evening and weekend breaks
    help you come back with new perspectives and motivation.
  • Combat unhealthy emotions: competition at work, and the need to constantly be at your best,
    can lead to increased feelings of jealousy or anger.
  • Find work-life balance: try setting a cut-off time at night, or days of the week. Create time for
    yourself and your needs outside of work.


  • Take breaks. Unwind through yoga, meditation, gardening, music or other hobbies
  • Connect with the people important in your life (family, friends, church, support networks)
  • Get physical exercise to lessen fatigue, anxiety and depression
  • Make healthy food choices
  • Get enough sleep

CorpCare’s Employee Assistance Program is here to help. If you are interested in adding confidential,
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