Have you ever thought about taking a day out but shrugged it off because you have tons of reports or projects staring you in the face? Well, you’re not alone. Especially for women who are highly ambitious, taking a break might seem like a waste of useful time when in fact, it is an investment. Think about it; when is the last time you had a day where you had no responsibilities and no to-do list items? While you are still thinking and trying to recall, here are 5 reasons why you need a day off:
#1 - Your Body Needs It
Literally. Surveys have shown that relaxation helps our mental and physical health in ways we cannot ignore. Hanging out with a bunch of friends or spending time alone helps the body and mind reset and relax which in turn boosts the immune system and reduces anxiety levels. When this happens, you are not only less stressed, but also less prone to illnesses. You are physically and mentally healthier and will save time and money in the long run. This proves that indeed, health is wealth.
#2 - It Breaks Up the Monotony of Life
Some days can be really crappy while others can be just plain boring. Sometimes, these situations are a result of our actions (or inaction). We get caught up in the day to day and become complacent. I can recall a quote by Derek Doepker that says "Comfort leads to complacency. Complacency is the cause of stagnation. Stagnation in your life leads to bed sores on your soul." Pretty intense right? But its true. We may not be able to avoid such routine days but we can add some spontaneity to them. This can cause a shift and change our thinking and expectations of our day. The thought of getting away from routine stress to do something enjoyable gives us something to look forward to and that in turn motivates us to do it again. Rinse and repeat.
#3 - You Are Able to Bond with Friends and Family
Family occupies a very vital position in our lives but they are often the first ones forgotten or taken for granted when deadlines and obligations arise. Taking a day off will give ourselves space and time to reconnect with the ones closest to us. To have conversations, reply to messages, make memories, and show the ones we love that they are also a big priority to us. While our families should not come first (spoiler alert: YOU SHOULD), they should be a part of our foundation.
#4 - Your Level of Productivity Gets a Boost
Believe it or not, taking a day off and away from work and all its shenanigans makes you more productive. You are giving an overworked area of your brain a break and in turn activated another underused portion. Whatever you choose to do during your day off shifts your mind from the stress and anxiety that came come with trying to meet deadlines and satisfy clients and bosses. By taking a day off, your head is clearer and you have created space so that when you return, you are ready to think of new ideas and take up new challenges.
#5 - You Feel More In Charge of Your Life
It can be quite daunting for a woman to forget about the expectations the society, her family, and work to do her own thing. AND ALSO doing these things reminds you that YOU are the one truly in charge of your life. Not your family, society, or work; YOU ARE. Having the courage to take the time off will remove your tunnel vision and help you realize that some of the things may be causing you stress and not as important as you thought. You will gain a renewed sense of independence and be able to take back control of your life.
Making a conscious effort to take a day can be difficult but should always be a priority. Visualize what you would like your day to look like. Draft out a plan of what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go. If you find yourself struggling start small. Begin with an hour or a half day. The goal is to give yourself a break. A break from always being on and needed. After all, we cannot pour from a cup that is empty or to heavy to lift and once we realize this we begin to make shifts and changes that are more intentional, fun, and life giving.