For some, the year 2020 cannot end soon enough! The world is pretty chaotic right now, and it’s undoubtedly taking a toll on you. You may also feel that, with the pressures of dealing with the daily “chaos,” you cannot allow yourself to be away from these challenges … but you MUST! Given COVID-19 risks, you probably shouldn’t comb a crowded beach, but you should plan some type of vacation. Rest and recuperation are the sources of your energy and focus to deliver on your goals for the second half of the year.
With so much negativity in the news these days, you’re bound to have the blues. A University of Pittsburgh study showed that taking a vacation can alleviate depressive symptoms and elevate positive emotions. In addition to your mind, vacationing is good for your heart as well. A Syracuse University study showed that vacationing lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome, thus making people less susceptible to cardiovascular disease.
Everyone in the workforce needs a break — a time to refresh themselves and recharge their batteries. Your business will be better off for your team members taking vacation time. You don’t want burned-out employees, and you don’t want to be a worn-out manager/owner yourself. After some much-needed rest and relaxation, you’ll all come back to work ready to rock and roll! It’s amazing how a week away from your workplace will regenerate your enthusiasm and direction for the tasks at hand.
Remember, especially right now, that a vacation doesn’t have to be a big trip. You could rent a cabin somewhere here in Indiana or even take a staycation at home. Shut off the emails and cell phone, as much as possible, and let your other team members carry that load for a brief spell. Get lost in a good book. Take on a personal project you’ve been putting off that brings you joy. Spend quality time with your loved ones. They’ll remind you what you’re working for, the quality of life you’re aiming to provide and what is REALLY IMPORTANT!
Many of you may feel guilty about taking vacation time. You may worry about being away from your desk and work piling up on you. Remember that there’s a bigger picture when it comes to success. Consider this quote from successful actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis: “Reject the idea that you have to be constantly working or grinding in order to be successful. Embrace the concept that rest, recovery and reflection are essential parts of the progress toward a successful and happy life.” It is a critical part of our annual business operating cycle on which we often short-change ourselves!