Workaholics, listen up! A vacation is a must. Not only does it re-energize you, it also makes you happier and healthier. Today, let me share with you 5 reasons why taking a vacation makes you better at work.
1. Give yourself, or at least your brain, a break
Brains are like sponges – they can only take so much. One of the many reasons why employees suffer from headache and anxiety attacks is because the brain is constantly flooded with information– this may be in the form of emails, meetings, phone calls, etc. While on vacation, new ideas pop up.
2. Your workplace is not a place to get inspiration
Let’s face it, seeing things in a repetitive manner (sometimes) gives you fewer reasons to get inspired. You can’t come up with creative things while you’re in the office, mainly because it’s the place where you are under enormous pressure.
Changing your scenery will work wonders, especially if you’re in a relaxed state of mind; giving your brain the time to process ideas.
“Vacations help us change the view, which can spark an idea or kick start creative thinking.” – Rieva Lesonsky, CEO GrowBiz Media.
3. Health benefits
According to New York Times, taking a vacation helps lessen the stress that your work gives you, which then takes a toll on your heart. According to studies, both men and women who take a vacation every year or two will lessen the risk of heart attack or heart disease.
4. Do some networking
While on vacation, it’s an occasion for you to meet new people. An increasing network means there is a lot of opportunity for you to discover new leads, plan on revenue generating ventures, and plan new partnerships.
5. Your absences gives off better results in the long run
People who take less vacation (or none at all) are at risk of mental and physical exhaustion, poor decision-making, impatience, and possibly getting ill. Taking a vacation from time to time gives you a major pay off in so many ways. According to a study that Ernst & Young accounting firm did internally, for every person who took extra 10 hours for a vacation, their performance review increased by 8%. Who knew that taking the time off could get you your next raise?The bottom line is, don’t force yourself if your body is starting to give you signs of exhaustion. It’s okay to give yourself a break every once in a while. Not only will you be relaxed and happy when you come back, it gives an impression that you know how to balance everything and that you manage your time wisely.