It’s holiday time for me… and it should be for you too!
Everyone enjoys some downtime, right? I am on count down to a much needed two week break in the sun. However, when it comes to the work environment, research shows that the majority of workers have some unused holiday at the end of the year. Not taking a holiday can upset your physical and mental health. I am sure you don’t need an excuse to take a holiday but if you can’t prise yourself away from the office, here are 5 reasons why you really should.
1. Reduces stress
Stress can help people get work done under pressure, but experts have noted that 80% of workers are stressed on the job, and 70% of their trips to a healthcare provider are because of stress-related conditions. Studies have shown that taking a holiday helps keep good health intact and prevents burnout.
2. Increases creativity
Taking a vacation boosts creativity—a change of pace allows people to see their everyday world differently. People experience clearer thinking as well as increased creatively after disconnecting from their work environment for a sustained period of time.
3. Boosts emotional stability
Too much time at the office (whether you work long hours or refuse to take a holiday) can leave you feeling frustrated. Getting away from it all, however, can ward off the potential for inappropriate outbursts or “did I really say that to my colleague?” regrets.
4. Makes confidence soar
Many researchers have noted that people return from a holiday with renewed sense of self. They’re refreshed, and tend to approach projects with more vigour, opting to tackle them with gusto rather than settling for easy solutions.
5. Improves low moods
Taking a break from deadlines and high-pressure environments fights stress. Altering your mind by taking a holiday can shift irritable, depressed or anxiety-ridden moods to ones that are more calm and relaxed.
So, go and dig our your passport and get that much needed holiday booked. You won’t regret it.