Why Time Off Helps You Have Better Time On!

It astounds me as I read articles and research from reliable sources, such as Canadian HR Reporter, how many people are not taking their vacation time! Every year, HR departments and the leadership teams they support are challenged to find ways to encourage people to take their earned, and well-deserved, time off!

We hear all sorts of responses from people:

  • I am too busy.
  • I have nowhere to go.
  • I can’t afford to travel.

At times, people even request being paid out their vacation time! Thankfully, most organizations refuse to do that. Not only is it a major expense to the organization, the leadership team knows that people NEED time off!

Why do you need time off? Because your time ‘on’ will improve tremendously! Taking time away from the workplace – and fully away (no checking email, etc.) – allows your mind and body to rest. And we all know the value of a good rest. No amount of money can buy the value of a rested mind and body. (If you have ever experienced insomnia, you know that high-quality sleep is your most treasured mental health resource!)

So, the next time you are wondering whether or not to schedule time off – JUST DO IT!! Then, embrace it. Embrace the nothingness, embrace the difference from your normal routine, embrace the opportunity to read that book you have have been putting off reading, embrace the mid-afternoon nap and embrace the drool on your chin!! (Or, is that just me?!!)

You’ll be glad you did!

And, then, pay attention to how much your work performance is enhanced when you return, refreshed and ready for the next challenge and opportunity!


ACT: A Mental Health Strategy for Overcoming Obstacles

Sometimes you are just rolling along and – WHAM! – you are broadsided by an unexpected obstacle. It might be a physical obstacle, such a being stuck in traffic. Or it might be another kind of obstacle, one that is more ‘internal’, an emotion or a way of thinking that is having a negative impact on you.

No matter the obstacle, there is a simple and practical strategy that can help you move through the obstacle and either get back on track, or find a new track all together!

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