Do you need a holiday?

Do you need a holiday?

With the Christmas season around the corner and boarder restrictions easing, more people are considering taking some well-deserved time off before 2021 – and so they should!

When you are stressed, it prevents you from thinking straight and hinders your work efficiency and performance. Taking a holiday immediately reduces the stress in your immediate future and gives yourself the space and time to clear your mind and replenish the empty stocks.

This year has given everyone a run for their money, and as jobs become difficult to find and keep, people are also becoming increasingly concerned about their income. Most people’s response is to invest long hours at work to ensure their security, at the cost of their self-care, hobbies and holidays.

What we’re not considering in these situations is that long periods of work without break lead to irritability, poor decision making, poor communication and relationships, and more days off due to ill health. None of these being looked upon favourably, which cancels out the extra hours of work. When you are loaded with pressures, you may find it hard to tell, but your body reacts with the survival response of fight or flight. Continued challenges lead to constant stress, which does not go away in just one night. So, if you feel guilty for taking some time off… don’t think of it as a break that just feels good, it also benefits the business that you return well rested and recharged.

Researchers have also found that holidaying is also valuable for mental health and well-being. Usually, time away from work brings a sense of calm and relieves stress, which allows the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn’t if it were still under pressure. One study found that three days after a person returned from holidays, their physical complaints, quality of sleep, and mood had improved compared to before they took time off. Five weeks later, these increases were still present, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their holiday.

We take our medical check-ups seriously, so why don’t we include holidaying as part of our health care? It should be a yearly non-negotiable. Taking time away from the stresses of work and daily life can improve our health, motivation, relationships, job performance, and perspective and give us the break we need to be better equipped to handle whatever comes.

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