Mindful emailing: A better way to manage your email

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Living a life that promotes mental balance and more equanimity involves patin attention to your daily actions. To have a more rooted experience in mindfulness, you must notice what activities could contribute or disrupt your state of being. In our daily lives, we are relying on keeping our connections with the use of emails.

Emailing is essential for staying connected to family, friends, work, business, school, studies, groups, and so many things that it will be almost impossible to list all of them. In our culture of moving in a fast-paced world and quick solutions, the way you handle your email could disrupt your state of being.

Another critical aspect of email is that it can also become an addictive behavior. Believe it or not, people can get addicted to checking their email. Today I want to recommend you examine how you handle your emails, so it doesn’t become a source of stress, conflict, and addiction.

Here are some ideas that you can start doing today to begin practicing mindful emailing.

  1. Be mindful before our open your email:
    Instead of just opening your email whenever you feel like it, begin with connecting with your breath. Take five slow deep breathes before you check your email. Slow breathing will help your brain start in a calmer state and be better prepared to look at your messages in a more positive perspective
  2. Schedule you email checking times:
    To stop promoting addicted behavior around your email, start with imposing some self-control. Determine how many times you are going to check your messages and set reminders to do only check them when the time is the selected one.
  3. Wait to reply:
    Avoid replying to the message immediately. Take your time; maybe wait one day or two when you are unsure about a situation. Waiting to respond is even more critical if you feel emotional, defensive, or stressed about the message. When your brain is going into stress mode, it won’t come up with the best answers for solutions. Take a pause and breathe. Wait as much time as you need to feel calm and balanced again.
  4. Consider no reply:
    Sometimes we feel the pressure to respond to a message that it does not occur to us, that you also have the option of not replying. Don’t feel pushed to reply to all the messages you receive from people. Maybe the best thing that you can do to deal with a problematic or uncomfortable situation is to hold your reply.

One quote

In our fast-paced world, knowing when to pause impatience is more essential so that patience and balance can rule.”

Tamy Khan

One question

Which one of the mindful emailing strategies would benefit your mental balance and equanimity today?

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