Everyone needs a vacation to stay sane. There are only so many days you can slave away in the office before an extended break becomes a necessity. Yea, we have weekends, but generally, two days away from work isn’t enough to recoup and relax.
Taking vacations will allow you to return to work refreshed and re-energized! You’ll be better coping with work challenges and day-to-day stressors if you can unplug from work for a few days.
So how do you know when you’re in desperate need of a vacation?
You’re starting to look like your passport photo.
It’s an old joke, but there is some truth to it! Signals of chronic stress (and that it’s time to plan a getaway) include: irritability with colleagues, difficulties concentrating on routine tasks, headaches, back strain, and/or stomach issues.
Sleep isn’t coming easy.
Whether you’re having problems falling asleep or waking up, these issues can be a symptom of overwork and stress. Sleep issues can also be a sign that you’re too focused on your work and at the expense of everything else.
You’re missing the important stuff in your personal life.
If you find yourself missing too many family or friend dinners, school events, or outings with your friends than it could be a sign that you need a vacation to reconnect with the people in your life.
You’re making more mistakes at work.
Errors on things like reports and emails is a direct sign that you need to reboot your mental state.
Your work no longer makes you feel excited.
If you’re dreading a work event that you normally love or just feeling zero excitement about returning to work in the morning, then it might be a good idea to get away for a vacation. A break can easily help you remember what it is that you love about your job
Your downtime isn’t enough.
If your energy level is depleted, you’re not benefiting from your time off in the best way. If you no longer participate in exercise or fun activities and instead just focusing on getting yourself home and on the couch, then guess what? You might need a vacation!
You’re starting to make unhealthy choices to cope with stress.
When you start becoming overwork and mentally exhausted, coming home to a glass of wine is a great thing, on occasion. But if you’re craving that glass of wine or pint of beer everyday because of your work stress, it might be time to shake things up with a vacation.
You’ lost your sense of humor.
One of the easiest signs to needing a vacation is when you don’t find yourself laughing as often as you used to. If “finding the funny” in challenging work or life situations is becoming impossible, book a short break from work to put a smile back on your face!
Molehills now become mountains.
Is it becoming harder and harder to shrug off small obstacles or annoyances? Having a lack of a healthy perspective on small issues is a sure sign that you need to reset your mental settings.
Your entire life revolves around work.
Sometimes we wrap our identity so much into our work that we forget who we really are. If you’re noticing this is happening to you, start planning a vacation to find yourself again!
You daydream about anything BUT work.
If you’re finding yourself spending more time daydreaming than working your mind is probably trying to tell you something. Rather than focusing on your goals or company’s goals, focus on your well-being and take a few days to get away and allow your mind to relax and daydream.
So what do you think? Do you need a vacation?