It’s a wonderful thing to love your career and to be dedicated to your job. I enjoy hearing fulfilled clients talk about their passions. What concerns me is when their lives are nothing but work. If work has crept into every aspect of your life, you likely need a little balance. You need a vacation!
Trust me when I say vacations are as important as workdays. Here’s why:
- You’ll reduce stress. Unplug regularly, if only for a day or two. Taking a real vacation is proven to reduce stress levels, because you’re allowing balance into your life. Just like children, we need time to play – though your play likely won’t involve Barbies or LEGOs! Think reading, crafts and winery tours. Or pull out the LEGOs if you want to.
- You’ll make yourself a better you. Want to improve productivity? Give yourself a break! It’s scientifically proven that when you allow your body and mind time to recharge, you can maintain greater productivity levels.
- You’ll be happier. Taking time off is proven to increase happiness. Spend time doing what you want to do and completely disconnect from work regularly. You can do it. I promise.
- You’ll strengthen connections to loved ones. Part of achieving work/life balance is managing to stay connected and invested in those you love. Plan regular family time — even better a family getaway. By unplugging from your smartphone and computer and only focusing on your children or other family members, you show them they matter. And giving your undivided attention deepens your appreciation for and connections with them.
How to Pull Off a Vacation
Those that are the busiest often have trouble seeing how work will go on without them. I promise you, it can. Here are some tips to help you settle affairs while you are gone so you can truly disconnect and relax:
- Cover your tasks. Go through your daily and weekly tasks and find someone to cover each one. Spend time reviewing the task and even provide a cheat sheet if you need to be sure your back-up person can cover it.
- Use technology. Set up auto-reply on your email and provide contact information in the automatic message for who will be covering for you. This will prevent someone calling your cell phone or emailing incessantly to get answers. Arm your clients and coworkers with the info they need to be without you. Do the same on your voicemail message(s). And state clearly that you will not be checking messages until your return on X date.
- Leave written instructions. If you want your coworker to handle your favorite elderly client in a certain way while you are gone, write it down. Provide detailed, written instructions for working with particular clients and dealing with sticky situations that could arise. Leave coworkers armed and prepared to handle anything.
- Clear your plate. This may involve working a few extra hours right before vacation, but leave your plate cleared. Wrap up anything and everything you can to provide yourself with little or nothing to worry about while you relax on vacation.
For more relaxation tips or to explore how you can better achieve better work-life balance, give me a call. I’d love to start a conversation to help you achieve your wellness goals.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.