Your Holiday is Essential

Your Holiday is Essential

Many of us have our work and social lives out of balance and get caught up in the monotonous 9-5 routine. Heavier workloads, tighter deadlines and threatened job security all adds to the pressure to perform to the highest standard – even if this means shying away from taking necessary breaks from work. Taking some time to yourself, away from the office, is crucial and can even improve your performance when you return to work.

Scientific studies across the globe have shown that taking a break can reduce stress by removing you from an environment you associate with stress and anxiety. The effects last beyond the duration of the break and include the alleviation of some of those stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities.

It has also been proven that holidays improve your productivity. Professional services firm Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation time employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent. When you’re more productive, you’re happier, and when you’re happier, you excel at what you do.

And if restless nights and disrupted sleep are a common complaint because you have too much on your minds. Researchers say, that holidays can help interrupt the habits that disrupt sleep, like working late into the night or watching a backlit screen before bed. We know that lack of sleep leads to less focus, less alertness, impaired memory, an increased likelihood of accidents and a decreased quality of life.

So, consider your holiday as an investment. According to Forbes “Giving yourself time to fully disconnect and recharge makes it possible for you to perform at your best once you’re back at work.” And if you are still not convinced Forbes have put together an interesting article on some ways to prepare for and enjoy the break. Happy Holidays.

Posted on: November 26, 2018Pamela Yates