We all need vacations and mental health days! In fact, your mental health and self care is just as important as your physical health. Just like we take good care of our bodies, we need to take care of our mental health and not put it in the back burner. I know it’s sometimes easier said than done but it’s important to make it a priority. Today’s society is not conducive to making ourselves and our mental health a priority and we are often so caught up on the business of our daily work that our minds and bodies are often running on empty. Below are some benefits of making yourself a priority and taking some time off, whether it’s a vacation or a couple days off for your mental health and rejuvenation.
- Increased Productivity & Creativity
We all need a break, time to distress, relax and rejuvenate.When you start to feel overworked, even simple tasks can be a challenge to accomplish. In order to give our best work, we need to take care of ourselves and invest in rest. Taking time off can help in overall work satisfaction and help prevent burnout. Breaks can re-energize you and in turn help you be even more productive once you return to work. Taking a few days or even a week off work will have you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on new projects. Time off and being away are also great for creativity, it allows you to get your creative juices flowing and come up with new ideas
- Improved Focus
No matter how much you may love your job, working day in and day out without a break will wear you out. Taking time off will suit you well, it can help you refocus on your goals and allow you to look at things with a fresh perspective when you return.
- Reduce Stress and Clear your Mind
Working too long without a break can lead to burnout and eventuality your brain will begin to resist.This can make it challenging to think clearly and deal with stress. Even taking a day or two can be helpful for mental clarity and mental health overall.
- Contribute to Work/Life Balance
Life is not all about just work, that’s why it’s important to find that balance. I know it’s usually easier said than done but when you’re constantly overworking yourself it can have a great impact on your mental, emotional and physical health. It’s important to dedicate time to activities and people outside of work that bring us joy and add to our sense of self. Some activities that can help achieve that balance are doing something fun or picking up a hobby, taking naps reading, journaling, going for a walk or any physical activity. Taking a vacation to travel somewhere or even staycations can also be rejuvenating and great to incorporate to achieve a healthy work life balance. Engaging in pleasurable activities will help you feel recharged and energized once you return from your time off.
- Nurture Relationships with Loved Ones
Investing time with our loved ones, friends and family is important too. If you’re often working long hours and when you’re around family and friends you’re constantly on your phone or preoccupied with work, your loved ones will start to feel neglected and your relationships can start to suffer. Take a vacation with your family and/or friends even if it’s a road trip or a staycation, that quality time is needed and will help nurture those relationships as well as keep them and yourself happy. Setting boundaries between your work and home life is also important; when you’re off the clock and with your loved ones, be fully present. Establish your own rules about not checking/responding to emails or attending to lingering tasks when you’re spending time with friends and family.