How often do you feel overwhelmed by work and your daily routine, kind of like you’re just ‘going through the motions?’ My guess is that a lot of you save up all of your holidays and take it in one big hit each year (like over Christmas?). That’s great, but the issue is most of us end up feeling burnt out prior to this occurring then often get sick while on the holiday.
The past few years we’ve really made a conscientious effort to take regular breaks from work. We love to travel and now we have kids, we’ve passed this on to our girls. Every six months or so we’ll take a break. Sometimes, it’s just an extended weekend, sometimes it’s a week in Bali or somewhere warm. This time round, we’ve spent Easter in Switzerland with Kila’s family to sneak in some Spring skiing.
There are so many benefits in scheduling in a regular holiday including:
- Improve physical health
- Improved mental health (and increased mental power!)
- Decreased burnout
- Something to look forward to – research has shown that the actual planning process gives the biggest boost to happiness
- Improved family connections – Spending time together in foreign countries and new places brings the family together. This creates time and space to have new experiences and bond together.
That said, sometimes the budget does not permit a regular holiday and then there’s the limitation on annual leave that ultimately occur when you work for someone else (or are starting a new business). Here are my favourite ways to ensure your mind gets the break it deserves to prevent that dreaded burnout even when you’re not on holidays:
- Schedule a regular massage – a cheap and easy way to melt away the stress.
- Meditate regularly – you’ll be amazed at how much calmer and the space you feel in your day with just a short daily practice. Here’s a free guide to get you started.
- Plan quality time with the family – this doesn’t just have to be for holidays. Sunday is purely family time – no work, no emails, no other commitments.
- Say yes to new experiences – always wanted to learn French? Great, sign up for an evening class! Want to cook a crazy meal you saw on tv? Give it a shot!
- Explore your neighbourhood – this is something I love to do with my family. Visiting new restaurants, parks and markets are a favourite of ours.
- Take a long weekend – You’ll be amazed at what a difference this can make. Often, a long holiday results in added stress as you rush to get everything in order for you to leave. Once you return, your inbox is full and the stress levels rise again. A long weekend is a good stress-free solution.
So get started today and start planning your next holiday, adventure, or time for doing other things outside of work. The holiday actually starts the moment you start the planning and researching new and exciting destinations, then make it happen!
As the old saying says, ‘Never get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life’