Wouldn’t it be nice to just pack up your stuff and head off somewhere for a while and put all your responsibilities on hold? It’s called a vacation, and everyone deserves to take one every now and then.
Some people don’t think about taking vacations, but what they fail to realize is that taking a break from reality can be extremely beneficial to their health. If you’re one of those people who puts off taking a vacation, here are five signs that you need one.
It’s been years since you’ve taken a vacation or sick day from work
Working is important. It’s how we earn money to provide for our families, but your employer provides you with sick and vacation days for a reason—because they know that taking a break every now and then is not only beneficial to your health, but it’s also beneficial to their production. If you work yourself into the ground, you’re not going to be as much of an asset to your company as you think. If you can’t remember the last time you called in sick or took a vacation day from work, then you need to take a vacation.
You’re constantly on your phone
If you are constantly making phone calls or checking and sending emails or text messages, you need to take a vacation. Your job should not consume you 24/7, and if you leave the office but spend all night dealing with work-related issues, you need to take a break. Not only will this be good for your overall health, but it will allow you to connect with your friends or family.
You’re straining your relationships
If you have missed every single one of your child’s sporting events, or if you and your spouse are arguing all the time, it’s about time you take a vacation. If you don’t slow down and spend some quality time with your family, your children will be grown up and out of the house before you know it, and your spouse may eventually be unable to cope with the loneliness and file for divorce.
This is the same for friends too. If you’re constantly blowing off your friends, missing weddings, birthday parties or other events because you have to deal with work, you need to take a break and get away.
You’re not as productive as you once were
If you notice that your production has started to slow down, it’s a sign you need a vacation. Taking a mental and physical break from work can be exactly what your mind and body needs to refresh and get you back into the groove.
You’re always crabby
If a barrage of people have started to tell you that you don’t seem like yourself, or if you’ve noticed a major (and unpleasant) shift in your attitude, you need to take a vacation. You may have a poor attitude due to work or the mundane feeling of your repetitive lifestyle. Either way, if you don’t get away for a while, your attitude is only going to continue to get worse, and you could end up losing relationships (or even your job) if you don’t adjust it.
Julie Myers is a travel agent and aspiring writer. She enjoys journaling about her travels and recently wrote about her stay at a Bahamas island hotel.