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Most millennials find it difficult to disconnect from work: survey


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London — Two-thirds of millennials say it’s impossible to unplug from their jobs, according to the results of a recent survey.

For the survey, conducted by OnePoll, researchers asked 2,000 adults to gauge their levels of work-related stress and identify contributing factors.

Of the respondents born between 1981 and 1996, 65% said they face “too many distractions to be able to switch off each day.” Among the millennials, 45% said they check their phones first thing in the morning. Overall, 53% of the respondents agreed that an overreliance on modern technology contributes to the inability to disconnect.

Other findings:

  • The respondents averaged only six hours of sleep a night, fewer than the recommended minimum of seven hours.
  • 59% of the millennials reported that they struggle to relax and feel like they’re in constant motion.
  • 9% of the millennials indicated they’d vacation in a place where they could stay connected to their work.

“This relentless pace isn’t sustainable,” well-being advocate and study spokesperson Henry Nelson-Case said. “Lack of sleep, excessive work stress and limited relaxation can detrimentally impact mental health. It’s essential to take a step back, take a breather and savor moments of stillness.”

To help reduce stress, Nelson-Case recommends workers identify the source of their stress; practice relaxation techniques; exercise regularly; get enough sleep; practice effective time management; and seek support from friends, family or a professional on managing pressure and developing effective coping skills.

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