I can’t tell you how many times I have worked and worked until I couldn’t remember the last day off I had. Yes, I know the hustle is real and we are all grinding away until that one day we won’t have to work as hard or as often. I always say, “Work hard now, so I won’t have to later.” Well, it is a good philosophy, but you don’t want to get burnt out. That can actually backfire in the long run. I’m not suggesting you need to take a two week international vacation every couple of months–just a day here and there can make a huge difference.
You can always make more money, but you can’t go back and take that trip you missed out on or have that experience you opted out of.my wise mother, Author and Life Coach, Sheri Kaye Hoff
You need to be there.
I know it’s hard to accept–because I always freak out when I request days off–but you shouldn’t miss your cousins wedding or your best friends baby shower. I use those examples because I have missed out on both of those occasions before, AND I have really regretted it. Be there. Take the time off. You’ll love reflecting on those stories of sharing Old Dutch chips and Top the Tater in a glass elevator with the wedding party after the wedding or holding hands with your best friends nephew you had never met before. Those are just two of the many occasions that I can look back on and smile at the memories because I actually showed up.
Although you may just be one of the many people there, your cousin appreciated how you assisted setting up flowers and your best friend valued how you helped plan and organize. Be there. Show up. And make memories. Otherwise, what are you working so hard for?
You need a change of pace.
I always get into a groove when I am used to a routine and I love it! I am very plan oriented when it comes to work despite the fact that I work in a very unpredictable industry. I like knowing what to expect for the most part and I am familiar with the people I see regularly. However, doing the same thing over and over again gets old. You need to shake it up sometimes.
It is so worth it to get off your feet… or on (for those of you who are very familiar with an office). Go somewhere isolated or somewhere flooded with crowds of people. Change up your normal routine and change your scenery.
You (probably) need to get out of town.
Like I said before, you don’t need to go intercontinental, but a weekend away can work wonders for your emotional, physical, and mental health. Get in touch with nature or explore one of the hottest concrete jungles. Just step away long enough to miss your own bed.
Vacations are always kind of scary to me because, as some of you know, I can get turned off by the idea that I’m using my time to spend money rather than earn it. Not to mention, I get affected majorly by vacation-brain. Nonetheless, life is too short to miss out on girls trips and family trips to Mexico for fear of missing out on money you have your whole life to earn.
So get outta town! You won’t regret that week by the beach or skiing in the mountains.
Personal days are a real thing.
I remember one Monday morning in college, I woke up and couldn’t stand up beyond maybe one hundred degrees. You see, I had been nursing some lower back pains for weeks while clocking 50+ hours a week at work and going to campus almost daily. That’s maintainable, right? But when your body is in pain, that’s its way of trying to tell you it needs a break. So, that particular morning I had to schedule chiropractor and massage appointments, communicate to my professors that I had to miss class, and get my evening shift covered. Had I taken maybe one of those weekend days off to address my increasing pain, I may never had gotten to that point of immobilization. BUT, preventive care is a whole other issue…
I just wish I would have taken a day off to relax before I HAD to take a day off. So learn from my mistake, because I sure have! Take a day to hang out by the pool, have some spa treatments, and give your mind and body a break.
You have the rest of your life to work, so don’t sweat a small break.
What are your favorite ways to get a small break or pamper yourself?
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