The Key Factors For A Restful Vacation
There are Key factors that contribute to a restful time off, and if you are stressed make sure you plan your vacation with these in mind, as follows:
1. Free time for yourself
2. Warmer, sunnier location
3. Good sleep
4. Making new acquaintances
5. Exercising during vacation
Many Americans find it hard to find a work-life balance that allows them to pay the bills and earn financial security while spending time with family and having ample free time for their personal sanity.If it has been awhile since your last vacation, you may be starting to feel it. Lack of adequate time off can manifest in many ways, as the list below, compiled by TIME, explains.
The 10 Signs You Need a Vacation
1. Little Problems Seem Huge
When you are in a good place mentally and emotionally, you can handle those daily curveballs that come your way with ease and even your fair share of finesse. But if you are overly stressed, forget about it. Even small nuisances will seem overwhelming and may cause you to snap at co-workers or clients unnecessarily.
2. Coworkers Ask if You’re Alright
You probably spend a lot of time around your colleagues, and they may be among the 1st to notice that you’re not acting like yourself. Maybe you are unusually cranky, quiet, or tired instead of your chipper self.
This is a sign that a long weekend is calling your name; if you cannot take a longer vacation, at least try to fit microbreaks into your day by walking outside for 5 or 10 mins.
3. You are Making Mistakes
Workplace errors are often the result of chronic stress. This can be problematic for your reputation and job security or, depending on your line of work, potentially deadly to those around you, such as if you work in the medical field. If you notice you’re making an unusual number of mistakes, arrange for some time off to recharge.
4. You are Overly Cynical
Those who are most successful at work have about 6 positive experiences for each negative one. A ratio of 3 to 1 (in favor of positive) is the bare minimum you need to stay happy at work. If that ratio gets flipped and you are finding your work not fulfilling and frustrating without any positive merits, it could be due to impending burnout.
5. You are Engaging in Counterproductive Work Behaviors
Arguing with co-workers, taking extra time at lunch or breaks, or “borrowing” office supplies are examples of CWBs (counterproductive work behaviors).
These behaviors are linked to high levels of workplace stress, and they may manifest weeks or months after the most stressful periods such as a busy season. Time off may be a welcome cure and might even give you time to seek out other opportunities to boot.
6. You are in Physical Pain
Workplace stress, particularly heavy workloads, negative work environments, and obstacles that prevent you from completing your work, are linked to pain levels in employees.5 Stress also promotes inflammation and pain sensitivity, which is why recurring backaches, headaches, eye strain, and other aches and pains are signs a vacation is long overdue.
7. Your Stomach is Upset
An upset stomach and other digestive issues can also be manifestations of overwork and stress. The latter can even lead to changes in the bacteria in your gut that can make you prone to stomach issues.
8. You Have Trouble Sleeping
Excessive work stress and burnout can increase the chances of sleep problems, including difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. People who are overworked have more trouble unwinding at the end of the day and also are more likely to report daytime sleepiness.
9. You End Your Day with a Glass of Wine
Regularly using alcohol as a coping mechanism may be a result of too much stress at work. Those experiencing chronic stress and burnout may be more vulnerable to using alcohol and food as ways to ease stress in favor of healthier options like exercise.
10. You Lost the Sense of Purpose of Your Work
A more serious sign of burnout is losing perspective of why you’re working in the 1st place. You may not see any benefits, when in fact your job benefits your community, your country, or your family. If you can’t remember why you wanted your job in the first place, schedule a break from your daily schedule soon.
Whether your vacation is down the street or across the world, you will enjoy mental and physical health benefits both during your trip and upon your return.
Even though many Americans forgo their annual vacations, 24% believe a vacation is a birthright, if you claim yours, here are even more benefits you will enjoy, according to the US Travel Association, as follows:
1. Increased health: Travelers rate their health a full point higher (on a scale of 1 to 5 ) while on vacation.
2. Deep sleep: Travelers say they get 3X more deep sleep while on vacation, as well as an additional 20 mins of sleep a night after their vacation.
3. Life satisfaction: Feelings of life satisfaction increase during vacation and continue to stay elevated after returning home.
4. Improved work life: Vacations can enhance your productivity and business accomplishments at work, travelers return to work refreshed and ready to take on new challenges.
Me, I am very fortunate, I found something I love to do and never work, and I am still doing it…nose down, tail up and headed into the wind.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively, Take a Vacation
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