Holidays Build Bonds and Increase Productivity (But No One is Taking Them)
Guest Author – Henry Moore
Journalists report that more than three quarters of workers don’t take all of their allotted holiday time each year. That’s unfortunate, since time off has numerous mental and physical benefits that can actually increase your productivity and enhance your quality-of-life in the long term.
It might seem counterintuitive, but stepping away from the office is one of the best ways you can ramp up your output. Joe Robinson, a work-life balance coach and Entrepreneur contributor, explains that, “continuous time on-task sets off strain reactions…”
These reactions, which often present with irritability, fatigue, and depleted mental, physical, and emotional resources, translate into poor performance and job burnout. Even more alarming, prolonged cognitive overload, such as that experienced in the workplace, may trigger chronic fatigue, which, according to research scientists and outlined in a 2011 National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) publication, may be irreversible.
If brain drain and poor work performance aren’t convincing motivators, parents should consider the impact of family holidays on their children’s happiness and well-being. Experts including those at the Journal of Consumer Research, report that experiential gifts foster closer parent-child bonds than material gifts. It’s believed that experiences, including family holidays, spark more intense emotions and thus have a long-lasting positive mental effect on children. Even when families do holiday together, inability to disconnect from work may have a negative impact on children. The Harvard Business Review notes that, although parents are technically spending more time with their children, this time is parallel to screen time that includes checking work emails. And with 80% of children noticing their parents’ job-related stress at home, it is more important than ever to step away from work completely and focus on building familial bonds.
Taking time away from work offers a number of positive social, psychological, and physical benefits. A change of venue can reduce stress and help your body rest and wind down. It’s widely theorised that we need time away to recharge in order to best utilise our cognitive flexibility and make deep connections with our world and those in it. Studies have shown that even the anticipation of a vacation is a pleasurable experience that can offer a much needed mood boost. It isn’t just the mind that benefits from time away from work. Studies have found that men who fail to utilise annual holiday time are significantly (30%) more at-risk of heart disease. Furthermore, 90% of travelers notice a marked decrease in the signs and symptoms of stress within 24 hours of clocking out.
Make it count
You don’t have to take a expensive holidays overseas to enjoy the positive benefits of convalescence. No matter where you choose to chill, it’s important to slow down. Try to avoid over-planning and allow for downtime to take a nap, lay in the sun, or enjoy a good meal with your family. Holidays are most enjoyable when crowds are not a concern, so consider traveling in the low season or visiting areas not overrun with tourist traps.
For less stress…
Early preparation is the key to enjoying your vacation, no matter where you go. Check average temperatures for both day and night hours and pack proper attire. Finally, put work on the back burners until you return. After all, a holiday isn’t a holiday if you’re busy putting out fires instead of fanning the flames of your freedom.
I would like to thank Henry for his interesting article this week and I totally agree, you need to take time out from the daily grind to reconnect with what’s important in life. The last couple of weeks have proven that to myself again, whilst over in the UK I took the time out and made the effort to visit friends and family, some of which I haven’t seen for years. It was a wonderfully therapeutic experience and whats more, my creativity soared and my productivity rocketed.
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