Benefits to Taking Time Off
Studies have shown that people across our country are working longer hours and taking less time off work. Not taking a moment to decompress from your work can often lead to both mental and physical health challenges. That’s why I challenge you to take a break this Independence Day weekend no matter if your position is an employee, manager, or business owner. Time away from your workplace will help you recharge and relax.
There are many benefits to taking a couple of days off work, which include:
Physical health improvements
If your workplace causes you stress, you might experience negative physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure, and problems with your sleep habits. Removing yourself from your work for just a couple of days can make such a positive impact on your stress levels and overall physical wellbeing. You’ll get back to work feeling much better after a rest.
Mental health improvements
When I’m staying at the Oil Creek Campground watching my grandchildren ride their bikes, I can feel my mental health improving as the stresses of the workday fade away. I’m reminded that chronic exposure to stress can alter a person’s brain structure and bring on anxiety and even depression. When you take a vacation, calm feelings bubble to the surface allowing your mind to heal in ways that it can’t if it were under the pressure of work deadlines, etc.
Often while I’m out riding my own bike or taking photos of the natural surroundings in Venango County, the best ideas for work projects tend to pop back into my head. Taking just a few days off work is a tune up for my brain and causes me to return to the office with a greater focus than ever before. Vacations allow me the time to take a deep dive and really think about the direction that my business is headed in.
Taking a vacation day makes me happy! Research has shown that I’m not the only one as some people can experience an elevated mood up to eight weeks before a vacation. This happiness is often contagious for your coworkers, friends, and family and can pay dividends toward both your physical and mental health.
As you’re considering your plans for the long weekend ahead, take time to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Celebrate Independence Day by taking a break to reflect on all that you’re doing in your everyday life and to enjoy your successes!
Written by Blog Contributor: Holly Lynn Gibbons