Out of the office – the importance of taking a break

I love what I do! I am highly engaged, enthusiastic and passionate about my work and company and being a lifelong learner, I want to continuously stay ahead and on top of my game. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

However, sometimes it can be all consuming. It is so easy to put work ahead of family, friends, fitness, travel and the other things that make us happy. It takes an incredible amount of focus, determined effort and diligence to create and maintain a positive work-life balance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Is this something that you struggle with? So many of us find it challenging to switch off and take that well earned, well deserved and much needed holiday. However, is so much research that evidences the significant physical and psychological health benefits to taking a break including lower stress levels, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life and more motivation to achieve goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

When we are away from work, our stress levels reduce and calmness arises, allowing the body and mind to heal in ways they couldn’t if they were still under work strain.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

According to a Gallup poll, three days after vacation the respondents’ physical health, quality of sleep and mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later. ⠀⠀

As we are unable to travel internationally and our routines, and our everyday life have been so significantly interrupted over the past number of months, many of us have not yet or are not considering taking a break. However, it is probably more important now than ever to improve our physical and mental health, relationships, job performance, engagement and give us the break we need to return to our lives and jobs motivated, refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever is ahead.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀