Although we find ourselves during a time of uncertainty due to a global pandemic, this has changed many aspects of our lives especially our working environment and lifestyles. This has altered our daily routines, schedules and working hours. As many things have changed around us, we had to find new ways of adapting and creating a space for ourselves to remain productive whilst working in the comfort of our homes.
Many of us consider ourselves as being an “overachiever” and want to push ourselves beyond our limit and expectations. This can have a negative effect on our body and mind.
- Neglecting our own personal needs
- Sleep deprived
- Mentally exhausted
- Chronic illnesses
With the above mentioned, how often do we listen to our bodies when it is asking for a break. So often we ignore the signs that can have an effect on our bodies that we just keep going.Being on the go all the time can affect our physical, emotional and mental well-being. Work pressure could often leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Taking a break is important for your mental well-being as it reduces your stress cortisol levels and leaves you with a greater sense of happiness and health care.
The benefits of taking a vacation leads too:
- Living a healthy lifestyle
- Reduces stress levels
- Staying highly motivated
- Increase productivity
- Boosts energy levels
Advantages of taking a vacation:
Decreases burnout - Workers that take regular vacation breaks are less likely to reach the level of burnout. As you unwind, this allows the mind to be at ease, it relaxes your body and leaves the feeling of being rejuvenated.
Enhanced mental power - Mental and emotional health is an important part of the mind as it has an effect on your thought patterns, behaviour and emotions. Time off can increase the functionality of the brain which allows you to be more focused, gain new perspectives of things and increase work productivity.
Improves mental health - Being overworked can have a negative effect on your mental well-being. Taking a step back by reflecting and restoring your mind, body and soul can leave a sense of peace, calmness and inner strength.
Spending time with your loved ones - So often we neglect our time spent with loved ones because you are overworked and exhausted. A family vacation increases and strengthens family bonds and brings a sense of unity. Quality time with your family allows you to forget about everything for a little while and focus on creating wonderful memories together.
Health benefits - A well rested vacation can enhance both your physical and psychological well-being. It reduces the chances of chronic, mental and stress-related illnesses.
Therefore, taking a vacation from your daily work routine can lead to a healthier work and life balance. Taking a vacation is important because it allows you to reflect on every aspect of your life that you have neglected.