We live in world where people are more concerned with the quality of their work than their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Sad, isn’t it?
We’re now more concerned about our livlihood than ever before. There are plenty of social and economical factors that have contributed to this shift in behaviour but in this shift, we have lost sight of other incredibly important aspects of our lives. Holiday’s are often considered as a luxry when it is, in fact, a necessity. Yes, we all need to work, but that dosn’t mean that our health and wellbeing should also be a priority… here’s why:
1. You hit the reset button
Don’t you just love the feeling of coming back to a piece of work with a fresh mind? Taking a step away from your usual routine and the mental stress of work will allow you to come back with your best ideas. We are wired to take regular breaks and recharge, so don’t fel guilty about needing some time away.
If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that I tend to disapprear for a month every year. From my personal experience, some of my best pieces are written in the first three weeks after taking a break.
2. Breaks from your business allows you both to grow
Taking time away from your business is almost like going on holiday without your children for the first time. You’ll find out whether the business copes well without you, if you have empowered others enough to do their job productively and what needs to be done to create a better system.
It is as important for you to take a step away from your business as it is or you to be there when it matters most.
3. It will improve your health
Studies have shown that people who take vacations are less likely to pick up particular illnesses later on in life. From avoiding heart disease to dodging high blood pressure, taking a holiday this year will help you to live a happier and healthier life in the long run.
4. You can make time for your family (or “me” time)
The quality of your thoughts determines the quality of your life. Grattitude works wonders and when you take the time to truely appreciate those around you, your are able to put what matters in life into perspective. We are social animals that often need to break free from the mundane reality of a routine.
5. You are open to new experiences and perspectives
Doyou consider yourself as someone who is stuck in their ways? Do you find it difficult to try something new or appreciate the opinions of others? Then maybe you need a break. Time away from work gives you a moment to reflect, exprience new cultures and possibly gain an insight into the world from the eyes of others. An attitude worth taking back to work and implementing in other areas of your life as well.
6. You’ll be happier
The largest boost in happiness can come from planning a holiday. By simply giving yoruself something to look forward to – you have an anticipated boost in happiness that can last from six to eaight weeks. Don’t forget that moods can be infectuius – meaning that if you’re ready to spread some holiday cheer around the office before you leave (and when you return) chances are, you’ll improve the atmosphere.
It is incredibly important to remember that taking a holiday isn’t selfish. It is a right that you are entitled to. It is a necessity and, most importantly, it does more for you in the long haul that you can imagine. Don’t feel guilty or postpone getting away – experience something new for yourself. Put your mind, body and well being before work (I promise, you’ll feel good for it!