(ALT 103.7) - Ignoring your coworkers may be a tad rude, but it could be for the betterment of your health. A new study has found that constantly being distracted constantly by your coworkers can be disastrous for your health.
Healthcare psychologist Ulrika Leons told Business Insider, “If someone distracts you, it can take somewhere between five and 25 minutes for you to fully focus your attention on your task again. It takes energy to switch between tasks all the time. If this happens all day long, you’ll be exhausted by the time you go home.”
So, Leons recommends that in order to focus all of your energy on your job, completely shut yourself off from coworkers. She also recommends planning out your entire day and organizing it for the amount of work you have to do.
But it's also not healthy to be super productive every second of the day. It's important to give yourself brief breaks throughout during the course of your hours...but that doesn't necessarily mean chatting up your coworkers.
Leons suggests taking some time for yourself - like a short walk or meditation. “The most important thing is to be kind to yourself from time to time and to do so in a way that works for you," she says.
And while we're focused on practicing healthy work habits, Leons also mentions staying away from your phone and social media. Bombarding your brain with too much stimuli can really make your afternoon crash come in faster and harder than you'd hoped.