5 Reasons Why Taking a Holiday is Good for Your Career
So, the summer’s over, the children are back to school, but did you manage to take a holiday this year? If not, it’s in your best interest to start thinking about your next one now.
You love the idea of going somewhere hot and sunny, or snowy to go skiing, but with so much to do at work you don’t have the time. Does that sound familiar?
It’s time to change this thought process or you are at risk of running yourself into the ground. From time to time we all need a break and a bit of R&R can actually benefit your career.
If you’ve recently started a new job, or are trying hard to make a good impression, it is tempting to give up your annual leave out of fear of it reflecting badly on you, or causing you to fall behind with work. You may think that forgoing your annual leave is benefiting your career at the time; however, it can in fact be very damaging – affecting your productivity and work quality.
So, if you think about it, taking a holiday does great things for you and your career. Just make sure to give your boss plenty of notice.
Here’s a few reasons why taking a holiday can be beneficial:
- Taking Breaks Improves Productivity
You might think that working late and not taking time off means you get more work done, but research has actually found that those who work longer hours aren’t as creative and find it hard to maintain the same intensity level in their work. So by working too hard, you could be affecting the quality of your work too.
- You’ll Be Healthier
By not taking time off to relax and unwind, you are putting yourself at a greater risk of becoming stressed. Stress has negative impacts on your mental as well as physical health and can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and depression to name a few.
- Quality Time with Loved Ones
If you’re working long hours, chances are you aren’t spending as much time with your loved ones as you’d like. By taking some time off from work, you can set time aside to spend quality time with them – whether you spend it at home or on a trip out or abroad; spending time with them can be exactly what you need to unwind and improve your mood after a stressful period at work.
- New Experiences
There’s so much to do and see both in the UK and in other countries around the world. By being stuck in your office, you aren’t going to see or experience any of what’s out there.
Take a break and experience new things – otherwise you may end up regretting it.
If you’ve been meaning to take up a new hobby or a new experience, this could be the time to give it a go. You never know, it may even bring new opportunities in the future.
- Work – Life Balance is Important
If you aren’t getting a good work – life balance, it is likely you will start to build a negative attitude towards work and/or your employer. It can also take a toll on your health. In order to be happy at work and at home, and maintain the drive to work at the best of your ability, it is important for you to be able to balance work and your personal life so that you aren’t depriving yourself of doing the things you enjoy the most outside of work and that you are living a healthy lifestyle.