Issue 151 | Email sucks. Open this one though

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Friday. We made it. The weekend is here and we have some news to sharethat might not come as much of a surprise for most people. It is also a bitironic since The Daily Tonic is an email newsletter, but it turns out theemail is making us miserable. Well, emails aside from the Daily Tonic ofcourse. Let’s dive in.

“I Hope This Email Finds You Well.”

I was well until you emailed me… Social media gets a lot of the blame fortechnology’s impact on mental health. Yes–these addictive platforms aren’tdoing any of us any favors. Yes–they are specifically designed to grab ourattention and not let go. Yes–they have been especially harmful to our youth.But what about email? Email is a necessary method of communication at mostworkplace settings. It is supposed to be a tool that helps us collaborate andwork more effectively. The problem is that it also blurs the line between workand personal life, and contributes to chronic stress for a lot of people. Oh,and it can be just as addictive as social media. According to astudyconducted by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, the longersomeone spends on email, the higher their stress level. For their study,researchers hooked up forty office workers to wireless heart-rate monitors foraround twelve days. They used these monitors to record the subjects’ heart-rate variability, a common technique for measuring mental stress, and thencorrelated those measurements with email use. This isn’t the only study thathas found a connection between email use and stress. Thisstudylooked at 5,000 Swedish workers and found that repeated exposure to “highinformation and communication technology demands” (aka the need to beconstantly connected) were associated with “suboptimal” health outcomes. Thereare several other studies of course, but I’m sure you didn’t need a study toconvince you of something you have probably experienced yourself. The need toconstantly monitor your inbox, or better yet “the urge” to constantly checkemail on weekends, vacations, and after work hours is something many of ushave experienced, and I think we can all agree, those emails don’t “find uswell.” Over this past year, remote work hasn’t made it any easier for peopleto keep strict boundaries between work and life. The result has been higherlevels of chronic stress, which in turn impacts immune health, inflammationlevels, digestion, gut health, sleep quality, you name it–so much our healthis correlated with our ability to mitigate chronic stress. The need tointeract with each other is one of the strongest motivations we have ashumans. This urge is at the core of what makes us human, but it is also whyit is so difficult to leave an emailunanswered.Deep down, we know some (if not most) emails aren’t urgent, but it is wiredinto us as humans to respond. This adds an entire level of complexity to whykicking an email obsession can be so difficult. The solution? Don’t get rid ofyour email because the Daily Tonic needs to be able to reach you five days aweek! All jokes aside, thisarticle hassome good, practical steps to help you create a healthier relationship withyour inbox.

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Something Else You Probably Already Know

Not too many surprising pieces of news on today’s Daily Tonic, but it isinteresting to dive in a little deeper. You probably know that grocery storeshelves aren’t arranged with your health in mind. Surprisingly, it is justabout the money. Here is a great, quickexplanationon how grocery shelving works. If you want to save yourself the click, I’llsummarize. It’s simple–you pay to play. The best spots on grocery shelvesdemand higher shelving fees. In order to be placed on a middle shelf, so thatshoppers can easily discover and shop for your products, you’ll have to paygrocery stores for that premium placement. What this all means is that newer,small brands can seldomly afford to get premium placement. Instead they end upon higher or bottom shelves, while all the products made by big foodcorporations with limitless budgets get the best placement. Kind of makes ithard to discover new brands that may be healthier for you and your family. Itis almost as if the entire system was setting us up for failure…

Tonic Shots

  • Skip the grocery shelves altogether. Check out Thrive Market for better-for-you brands and know that your money is going towards supporting other families in need.
  • Don’t shoot the messenger, but summer is almost over. Might be a good time to shop for some fall clothes you can feel good about.
  • The weekend is here. If you enjoy the occasional cocktail, give Haus a try. This is not booze free, but they use ingredients you can feel good about.
  • Are you a planner? Plan your lunches for this coming week with these helpful tips to keep your blood sugar levels under control and feel great.

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