Even the thought of a reasonable basis to take off is, frankly, unbelievable. But, sometimes there are more important priorities than work and that is taking time off. Here are reasons why you need to take a day off.
Disconnecting your mind from work takes a lot of effort. Most of us require some downtime to recharge our batteries, re-energize, and clear our minds. Resting can prevent fatigue, restore motivation, increase productivity and especially creativity.
Taking vacations, especially if you travel to a different environment, has solid brain benefits but that these benefits dissipate quickly and ideally should be replenished often.
The main goal here is to structure your business in a way that allows you to take some time off of your business.
Why Do You Need To Take A Day Of From Work?
To summarize the advantages of taking time off:
A day off will result in:
- Improve your heart health and aid in the prevention of heart disease.
- Stress, anxiety, and depression are reduced, while life satisfaction is increased.
- Increase your productivity and focus, and rediscover your passion for your job.
- And allow you to take a step back, assess your situation, and ensure that your work and life are in line with your values and aspirations.
Skipping your vacation will result in:
- It’ll just be another day at the office.
- And deprive you of all the life, health, and career benefits of leisure.
But why are people NOT taking their day off?
- Career Objectives – Many people believe that not taking vacation days portrays them as a hard worker deserving of advancement. Almost 20% of those polled were willing to forego a full year of vacation time in exchange for a promotion.
- Vacations Cause Stress – Some people avoid taking a day off because the stress of leaving work is too much for them. This stress includes juggling too many projects to leave comfortably, as well as dread of the work that will pile up for them while they are gone.
- Would be Working on Vacation Regardless – Rather than relaxing and unwinding, nearly half of respondents said they couldn’t completely unplug. Instead, they checked in on work, with 29 percent expecting to be available while out of the office.
The truth is that taking a day off is beneficial to your health.
Taking a day off and truly rejuvenating yourself can make you healthier, calmer, more satisfied with your life, and more productive at work. And these aren’t fluffy, feel-good reasons to persuade your boss that your day off is actually beneficial to the company (even though it is). I’ve compiled the most recent research to show that a day off is exactly what the doctor, psychiatrist, and (hopefully) your boss ordered.
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