Betty Williams once said,
“When all else fails, take a vacation”
Need we really wait that long to take a holiday? No matter what work you are busy with, everyone is entitled to a break to recharge.Many feel guilty about taking a well deserved break or holiday just to feel refreshed and get back to work with passion. A relaxed frame of mind is great for achieving the success you aim for or you currently enjoy.
Some of us may prefer to take short breaks like I do. I enjoy taking short week long trips to places where I can rejoice the change from the routine, enjoy the culinary delights of the place and bask in the bliss of relaxation.
There are many who may feel more relaxed taking a longer break.
What is important is using up that entitled holiday that you deserve and getting rejuvenated to cope up with your regular schedule and get back to work with vigor.
Recently an extremely successful friend of mine lamented the 20 odd days of leave he has yet to take from last year. His reply to my “Why?” said it all, as he merely responded with a sheepish laugh.
Many of us, forget to take a break despite realizing the significance of balancing our life – at home and work. Amidst the busy schedule and the accompanying stress, the importance of giving yourself the pleasure to relax, enjoy and spend some leisure time with our loved ones is forgotten.
How does a conscious step of taking a holiday help you?
Taking a holiday brings a sense of balance to your life. Remember the “Work Hard, Play Hard” Motto? Our enjoyment of our work would be affected in the long run when these breaks are not made. Monotony, boredom or merely losing the lustre of your job are few of the dangers you would be susceptible to, by being on a constant “Workaholic Mode”.
For some who may consider that their workaholism is a quality that could be viewed as worthy for others to emulate, nothing could further be from the truth. A person who successfully manages to work well, takes holidays and has a healthy approach to life is seen as an inspiration than one whose work obsession affects the quality of their existence. The balanced approach of those who juggle their work and leisure time effectively also gives them a personal happiness that workaholics often are deprived of.
Many of us are led by a work culture that expects one to only take a day off due to personal illness, poor health or family health issues. But imagine if you have had an excruciatingly long two weeks at work that concludes in the successful culmination of the project that you were in charge of? A culmination of project that entitles you to taking a day off if you need to? How many of us would think of taking a day off, chill, relax and get back to work the following day feeling radiant?
Take a break by spending the day you wish to? Not many unfortunately.
Many are smitten by the appeal of glory that those who come to office without taking any day off enjoy. Rain or shine, these are the folks who would grace the office without a whimper or an air of lethargy. Unfortunately several organizations not only silently appreciate this behavior but encourage this culture. So what can be done about it?
Plan your break well in advance to enjoy that perfect holiday you dream about.
Enjoy it by ensuring that the company has no reason to question the time you have asked for your holiday. After all, if you have completed your target, do they really have a reason?
Have a collegue who would be happy to successfully handle any work that could appear for you while you are away. This works not just well for you but it ia wonderful opportunity for you to reciprocate the goodwill when their turn comes.
Plan a trip during a period when the work is low and where many would prefer to refrain from their holiday due to family reasons like, children’s holidays or festivals.
The quality of our time is not only compromised by our regular busy schedule but also by interruptions in our life thanks to phone calls, the internet and of course the social networks we are a part of. One of the first steps to ensure a relaxed holiday or break is abstain from taking or making calls or looking at your mails as much as possible.
Last but not least, it is a good idea to opt for short breaks once in a few months, like a long weekend. This not only gives you the spurt of energy you could do but also helps you to be in a more positive state of mind towards work and life.
A careful survey of the place you live and work will give you a glimpse of the lovely little getaways you can enjoy with a little bit of planning. The planning will also ensure that these get aways need not be as expensive as you imagine.
Now, in case time does not permit you to take the holiday or break you want to, then we have other options too. Options that are best considered as not equivalent of holidays but merely ways to rejuvenate or relax us in our busy schedule.
Books offer spurts of relaxation via being inspired. Many motivational books not only are uplifting but their positive message inspires us to face life’s challenges with courage and spirit.
Make a trip to a Spa. Not only would this short experience relax you but it can also be compared to a short luxurious meditation session for the tranquility you will enjoy and allow the stress in your body and mind to leave you.
As we enjoy valuing and cherishing others, remember, we need to value ourselves too. We are entitled to the relaxation of a holiday just like others, so enjoy doing what you like on your holiday too, even if it is one day. You may think of taking up a long forgotten hobby, swimming or cycling, well go on!
Taking care of yourself helps you to understand your needs with better positive effect. After enjoying a well deserved break, you are more likely to be cheerful and more positive.
You would enjoy an invigorating post holiday radiance that would affect your day, your work and the people around you.