Importance of Taking Time Off

February 3, 2017
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If you are Sri Lankan, chances are that you are probably loving this February. Not only is it the shortest month, but it also has a lot of long weekends and holidays! During a holiday period there are different things that people would do, depending on actually what they have prioritised doing. Some would want to continue working, others would want to finish up on backlogs and maybe plan for the weeks ahead but more often not, a lot of the time what we don’t do or rather prioritise doing; is taking some time off.

But why?

We usually spend a lot of our time, energy and resources expecting a better future but it is equally important that we take some time off to ensure that we are refreshed and rejuvenated to take on more challenges and responsibilities.

Taking some time off can include going for a walk or a bicycle ride in your neighbourhood or even going on a road trip with a few people closest to you. If you are still not convinced as to why you need take some time off, here are a few that might help you change your mind.

Rebuild Relationships and Form New Ones

When you work or rather, when you overwork there is a chance that you will neglect your relationships with those around you. This would also lead you to not allowing yourself to go out there and create new relationships with people, because obviously you wouldn’t be able to go out as much as you want (because you spend most of your time working). It’s a vicious cycle really. Taking some time off would help you heal these relationships and encourage you to build new ones.

Find Time for Hobbies

Because of you working overtime there is a chance that the only thing you would do is, probably work. There is most likely no time for hobbies, anything fun or even the chance for you to develop an interest in things you might not have known! Working all the time means that you do not have the time or the opportunity to visit that art exhibition or be a part of the car meet up you have been following updates on Facebook for the longest time.

 

Avoid Burnout

Taking time off work and the daily grind would mean that you would be avoiding that chance of burning out from exhaustion. A short vacation this February means that you allow yourself the time to recharge, set your priorities straight — both work and personal — and take care of yourself by giving yourself some of that much needed TLC.

Take a quick break this weekend, yes that means logging off and leaving your laptop at home and take note of the difference when you come back to work the coming week.