The Power of the Holiday ‘reset button’

It’s amazing how much of a reset you get when you take a vacation and really switch off from work. No matter how much you love your job, it’s so important to just take time out, fully.

I work for a charity and so I do have a very fulfilling job. I know I am creating good in the world, I am good at my job and there are lots of opportunities for me to grow and progress. It’s also a very full-on job and I often work much longer hours than contracted in order to make sure everything that needs to be done is done. But I will never be a workaholic.

I will never prioritise my job over my relationships, my health or my wellbeing.

And I will definitely never check my work emails from the beach! I guess for some people, it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice but for me, no matter how fulfilling the work is, travelling and spending time with people I love is so much more fulfilling. I want to be present. I want to soak up every second, every smell, every sight on my trips. I will not be on my deathbed wishing I had worked less and enjoyed my life more.

And it’s not just me, this research piece, The Impact of Vacation and Job Stress on Burnout and Absenteeism, shows that a vacation decreases perceived job stress and burnout. 

City life can be overwhelming!

The chaos of London can start to wear me down and if I don’t take time away, I feel depleted easily and often. Thankfully, after two weeks in Canada, I am now returning to my job and my life feeling much more balanced and resilient, and so much more determined to live my life according to my values.

What makes you happy?

It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do but take some time out from your routine to do the things that rejuvenate you. You can’t pour from an empty cup and time off is your opportunity to fill up that cup!

When thinking about what’s important for me and my mental health, I know my main priorities are

  • time with friends and family
  • time by myself
  • time being active
  • time in nature.

I make sure to do all of those things when I am on holiday and I come back feeling amazing!

Time to reflect

I take any opportunity I can to reflect on how I am feeling and what’s going on in my life. Vacations are a perfect time to do this. On past trips, I’ve come home and made some big changes in my life but this year, I’ve come back from both of my longer trips feeling great about the life I’ve got in London.

The biggest thing I am taking from my most recent break, is that I need need to focus more on the goals I already have and try not to let myself get distracted.

Use your vacation time to take stock of your current situation and think about how you want the next couple of months to go. Is there something that isn’t going well for you? Once you are recharged, is there some action you can take to improve that?

Time off boosts your productivity when you return

As well as feeling more positive about life in general, taking time off work actually makes you more productive when you return. Having less time at your desk forces you to be more efficient with that time and just get things done!

I hope you are enjoying summer and making time to do the things you love.