Take a break – is it time for a holiday?

Are you ready for a break?  It looks as though Pickle is!

I’ve never really understood the whole ‘rest is for the weak’ approach. I know some people thrive on very little sleep but for me it’s essential.  Some industries seem to value the hours of work put in rather than the quality of it.  Working for myself makes it harder to take a proper break. In part because nothing will happen when I’m not working but also because I actually enjoy pretty much every aspect of my work now (maybe not so much the accounts).
I nearly always have a new project on the go as well, as such it feels particularly difficult to take a break and yet it’s the absolute perfect time. With all the projects on the go, normal work and the day to day life issues that come up, a few days with my husband doing absolutely nothing at all to do with work is always just the refresh that I need to come back and do even better work on my return.
How is it that when we are ‘in the thick of it’ we often don’t see just how tired we really are. That everything seems really difficult to do, that our brains aren’t functioning well and yet we still don’t recognise that we need to stop and take a break.  This can be exacerbated in the corporate world.
So I encourage you to take a moment and reflect. How are your performance levels? Are you struggling with the tasks that are normally do so easily? Does it take a while for your brain to get into gear? Is everything feeling like a chore? Then maybe it’s time to have a break….Just one day may be all that you need, even a couple of hours can do the trick (that’s no checking emails on your phone) a real genuine break doing something completely unrelated to your work and losing yourself in it.  Press your own reset button.
It doesn’t have to mean an expensive holiday either but a change of scene can be just what you need.  That may well be a few days away, or it could be a day trip or even a visit to a new town.  It will help you see things differently on your return.  Will give you fresh eyes with which to view the world.

About Clare Wildman

Life coaching from Lincolnshire. Having moved from Milton Keynes I'm now based between Boston and New York, in the UK. Looking forward to welcoming clients to the new coaching room and having the option for walking as we talk or taking advantage of sunny days in the garden.