• Business Insider spoke with Rangan Chatterjee, author of “The 4 Pillar Plan.”
  • Chatterjee talked about how the effect of using our smartphones can raise our Cortisol levels.
  • Chatterjee explains what you can do to reduce these rising levels of stress, including a ‘”screen-free sabbath”.

Read the full transcript below:

I think that stress is a huge problem these days, and one of the biggest sources…are our smartphones. That’s why I’m a big fan of something called a “screen-free Sabbath,” this whole concept that we may have one whole day a week – if possible – where we don’t go on our screens.

Now I know many of you are probably thinking: “that’s a little bit too scary.” But the benefits can be absolutely profound.

One recent UK study suggested that we look at our phones “221 times a day.” Even more alarming is a recent study from America which says that we actually touch our phones over “2,000 times a day.” That’s absolutely remarkable, but why does this matter?

The reason it matters is because it stops us from having any off time. We’re constantly “go go go” from the minute we wake up and we check Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook. Our lives are go go go these days with work, the commute, emails, to do lists. And this constant stream of information – or what I call “information overload” – continues until late into the evening often while we’re still in bed.

And this is a big problem because, stress raises levels of something called “Cortisol” in our bodies.
Cortisol is our bodies principal stress response hormone. If we have raised levels of our stress response hormone it affects our brain, our performance, our function. We get tired at work. It’s not only work, it then impacts our home lives and our personal relationships Read More Here