Many people don’t take vacations often enough. The busier we get and the more commitments we have, the harder it can become to take quality time off.
Time away from the workplace can recharge your batteries, and vacations are essential to avoiding job burnout.
Take A Break For Stress Relief
Letting stress build up can be unhealthy in several ways. The body is designed to respond to short bursts of stress, but when stress is prolonged, the situation turns into one of chronic stress, when the real health problems set in.
Here are just some of the signs that indicate stress may be overtaking your life:
- Gut distress
- Feeling agitated, frustrated, or moody
- Aches and pains
- Inability to focus
When it come to taking time off you need to plan ahead. Planning is important no matter what it is that you are doing or how many days you will be taking off so make sure you do it.
Don’t schedule your trip during a busy period. Even if your vacation request is approved, your boss and coworkers will not appreciate your decision to leave everyone else with more work when they’re already swamped.
Distribute your workload to a few different coworkers
It’s good practice to tactfully delegate responsibilities evenly among your colleagues/team or temporary staff.
Try to unplug completely
Much of the benefit of vacation time comes from truly being away from work – mentally as well as physically. If you’re still checking work email and taking work calls, you’ll lose this benefit, especially since it takes most people a few days of doing no work to get out of work mode. In all but the rarest cases, your office can survive without you for a couple of weeks.
Disconnect to re-energize
Disconnecting from email, texts, tweets, and check-ins creates this magical space to just be. Let it happen. Connect with what’s right in front of you. Be. There.
One in 10 workers has taken time off because of depression, a poll of 7,000 people in seven European countries has found. – European Depression Association (EDA) in Britain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Spain and France.
What are your tips for taking quality time off? Let us know in the comments section below if you do any specific activities during your breaks to make them useful and refreshing for you.
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