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From the Ted Talk by Guy Winch: How to turn off work thoughts during your free time

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Now, those same studies found that while ruminating about work when we're home damages our emotional well-being, thinking about work in creative or problem-solving ways does not. Because those kinds of thinking do not elicit emotional distress and, more importantly, they're in our control. We can decide whether to respond to an eimal or leave it till morning, or whether we want to brostrainm about work projects that excite us. But ruminations are involuntary. They're iutnsivre. They pop into our head when we don't want them to. They upset us when we don't want to be upset. They sticwh us on when we are trying to switch off. And they are very difficult to resist, because thinking of all our unfinished tsaks feles uregnt. Anxiously worrying about the future feels compelling. Ruminating always feels like we're doing something important, when in fact, we're doing something hmfaurl. And we all do it far more than we realize.

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Now, those same studies found that while ruminating about work when we're home damages our emotional well-being, thinking about work in creative or problem-solving ways does not. Because those kinds of thinking do not elicit emotional distress and, more importantly, they're in our control. We can decide whether to respond to an _____ or leave it till morning, or whether we want to __________ about work projects that excite us. But ruminations are involuntary. They're _________. They pop into our head when we don't want them to. They upset us when we don't want to be upset. They ______ us on when we are trying to switch off. And they are very difficult to resist, because thinking of all our unfinished _____ _____ ______. Anxiously worrying about the future feels compelling. Ruminating always feels like we're doing something important, when in fact, we're doing something _______. And we all do it far more than we realize.

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Now, those same studies found that while ruminating about work when we're home damages our emotional well-being, thinking about work in creative or problem-solving ways does not. Because those kinds of thinking do not elicit emotional distress and, more importantly, they're in our control. We can decide whether to respond to an email or leave it till morning, or whether we want to brainstorm about work projects that excite us. But ruminations are involuntary. They're intrusive. They pop into our head when we don't want them to. They upset us when we don't want to be upset. They switch us on when we are trying to switch off. And they are very difficult to resist, because thinking of all our unfinished tasks feels urgent. Anxiously worrying about the future feels compelling. Ruminating always feels like we're doing something important, when in fact, we're doing something harmful. And we all do it far more than we realize.

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