Why taking a break from your career could benefit it

According to Expedia’s Vacation report estimates Aussies take on average 15 of their 20 available days of holiday.

Are we all too busy at work to consider a holiday?

Having just returned from a two week break in the Australian outback, I can confirm that we all need some time away from work to give us a clearer view. Vacations shouldn’t be frowned upon in the workplace, and no one should feel that they don’t deserve a holiday every once in a while.

  1. Your brain and body need to rest. You’ll come back from your trip with fresh eyes and be more productive than before! I think many people get so caught up in work that they can’t see the big picture, often overworking clouds your judgement and stops you from giving your best performance. Remember, the more you work doesn’t always mean the more you will get done!
  2. Avoiding holidays could lead to stress, we all need time to unwind, especially if you’re working in an intense workplace. Stress can have negative implications for your health, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. So make sure you look after yourself and take breaks when you need them.
  3. Work-life balance is so important but often forgotten about. If you’re constantly working late, make sure you take the annual leave that you deserve to spend time with your loved ones. If you don’t you’ll end up resenting your work and not giving 100%.
  4. As a globe trotting backpacker, I can’t stress this enough, there is so much to see in the world and you will never regret taking the time to explore. With new experiences can come new opportunities, you never know what you will end up doing or who you will meet but it might make you see things in a different way or help you solve a problem. Clear your head and let yourself experience new things!

A study published in the Harvard Business Review observed that holiday time was linked to greater productivity at work, while a survey by the US Travel Association found that nearly 80% of couples believe travelling together has a positive effect on their relationship.

The benefits are clear, so what are you waiting for?

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