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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / NOV. 18, 2015
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7 Ways Taking a Holiday Can Help Your Career

The countdown to the Christmas holidays has begun: Most workers  are already planning to go away and enjoy some quality time with their family and loved ones. If you can’t think of anywhere to visit then why not take a trip to the Czech Republic.

The reason I am urging you to visit the Czech Republic isn’t just because Prague is stunningly beautiful in the winter time (which it is). No, I am trying to emphasise the positive impact holidays can have on your career and overall performance.   

Since going on holiday is refreshing and invigorating, it helps you change perspectives for a while, and it makes you happier and more productive at work. Apart from that it encourages you to try new things, experiment, take more risks and just generally live life to the max.

See Also: 5 Reasons Traveling Will Make You More Successful

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, from Psychology Today says that taking a vacation is essential for retaining your physical and mental health. It reduces job-related stress and gives you the time to deal with important life events that you need to make decisions about and encourages you to plan some actions for your own good. If you don’t take the appropriate time to reflect, you put a lot at stake as you are more likely to become anxious, depressed and unhappy with work and life.  

Recent studies have shown that this is a problem with the majority of Americans nowadays. Even though they are well-aware that they are overworked, they don’t take the chance to make things better for themselves. Perhaps that is because they are afraid if they take time off, it will have serious consequences on their job.

US News confirms that many workers don’t know when to take a break and they are too afraid to use their sick days, family leave time and vacation benefits as they fear it might cost them their job. This means that they choose their job over their leisure and health and end up putting up with extra hours and quite possibly put a considerable amount of strain in themselves when dealing with the daily workload:

A fact that only results in having a poor quality of life:

  • work-life imbalance
  • increased risk for poor health
  • increased fatigue

If you want more incentives to go on a holiday, check out this list of ways taking a break from work can actually help – not harm, your career:

#1 It Increases Your Efficiency

Minda Zetlin from Start me Up, suggests that everyone should take at least a day off each week. This is particularly helpful for entrepreneurs who are often seen running around the office all day or replying to emails on weekends. Going away even if it is just for a day, will help you regain your strength and creativity resulting in greater efficiency at work.

#2 It Makes You a Better Leader

Getting some time away from work helps you become a more effective leader; not only a leader of other people but also a leader of your own life. When you back away from something that seems to be draining your mind, you can see the big picture and as such make effective decisions about the trajectory of your life, career or business. In a way, it helps you and your career to develop.


#3 It Helps You See The Bigger Picture

 

As Marla Tabaka writes on Inc., “giving yourself a vacation is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and possibly your business.” Time away from the office can give time for the dust to settle, and help you see things more clearly while coming up with more creative ways to solve any problems you may be facing at work.

#4 It Gives You Exposure to New Experiences

It is no secret that traveling provides you with a whole set of experiences. Taking a holiday will allow you to become familiar with and test alternative ways of working, or even encourage you to take up a hobby that can help you increase those skills that are important to your career. Meeting people from different backgrounds is something that should be encouraged in every workplace and business as there are many things you can learn from the exchange of knowledge.

#5 It Allows You to Spend Time With Family

The most effective type of support is the one you receive from your loved ones. There is nothing anybody else can tell you that will make you feel better about yourself or a stressful day at work than the words of a family member. Taking a break to spend quality time with them is a productive workday even when you are not actually working on the day.

#6 It Makes You Healthier

Just as the theory underpinning Maslow’s pyramid confirms, you can’t achieve career success without first taking care of the basics, and that requires you are in good health. Unless you take the time to take care of yourself how do you expect to care for your job or even worse your business? Take some time to relax and unwind by going on a trip as this should you reduce stress and the risks of developing serious illnesses such as heart disease.

#7 It Helps You Clear Your Head

A clearer mind is a productive mind. If you schedule some “me” time over the week either to go on a road trip or abroad, you will get rid of all the clutter that is floating around your brain and will give you some time to rethink your career and life. When you break free from the limitations a busy life forces on you, and you have all the time in the world, you make the best decisions for your future.     

See Also: Why You Should Take a Tech-Free Vacation

As you can see, going on a holiday can do a great deal of things for you. Apart from improving your overall wellbeing and happiness, spending some time away improves your job performance and helps take your career to the next level.

So, for the upcoming holidays you might want to consider changing scenery for a while. Travel somewhere you have never been to with friends or family before and take the time to unwind and enjoy some "me".

What are your plans for the Christmas holidays? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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