When we are caught up in our busy day-to-day work routine, it’s very easy to convince ourselves that we do not have time for a holiday. We are just too busy.
A holiday can mistakenly be seen as a luxury, not a necessity, but consider this:
- Fatigue, depression, anxiety and general cognitive dysfunction can be exacerbated through lack of downtime.
- Going on holiday makes you feel more present and stimulated.
- Recharging your body also recharges your brain and improves your capacity to learn, this is why we can have some of our best ideas lying on a beach or taking a hike.
- Work related stress leads to higher levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can be detrimental to our health if there is no respite.
- Broken sleep can be a direct result of having too much on our minds continuously.
- Living in a constantly connected environment can be exhausting.
So, perhaps a holiday is not such a luxury after all! A couple of weeks away from work, from your usual routine, from your devices can yield multiple benefits:
- A rested body with a sharper brain.
- Increased health benefits from reduced stress.
- Restored sleep patterns.
- Time in the sun will increase Vitamin D levels, which can lift your mood and sense of wellbeing.
- Up your motivation through rejuvenating your brain.
Enjoy your break, you have earned it, you deserve it and your mind and body – especially your brain – will thank you for it!
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Even if we cannot or will not fly off to foreign shores, we all need a break from the everyday repetitive cycles of our lives.
You might feel this year is screaming by or you might experience it as a dreadfully slow procession. Either way, it is still worth a short pause to reflect on your experience.