Everyone needs a vacation from work sometimes. However, there are still lots of people who don’t really use their vacation time. Whether you plan to go out of town or just stay at home, it’s crucial that you have a break to keep your stress in check. Taking a break isn’t about avoiding responsibilities, it’s about making the responsibility to take care and look after you.
Take A Break For Stress Relief
If stress levels are left unchecked and it builds up, they can end up in you being unhealthy. The body can cope with short amounts of stress, but long-term stress which turns into chronic stress can cause health problems. Those people with chronic stress will experience headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and high blood pressure more frequently.
“This overwhelming feeling is from a lack of control that builds up physically and emotionally in the body often taking a toll on the nervous system. This feeling can build up as a result of high workload, unfair treatment, high expectations of your boss, lack of direction or training, negative coworkers, uncollaborative teamwork, and feeling underappreciated,” suggested by Sandi Langham, LCPC.
The overall level of stress can also escalate if your body always reacts to stress. This can lead to being overwhelmed even with positive events.
How It Helps
Taking a vacation wherein you’re far from the usual demands of your life can benefit you greatly. First, you’ll feel less stressed when you’re not in the same working environment. It can give you a rest from the chronic stress which then gives your body time to recuperate. Taking a break from the stress cycle can lead to you having a better work output and all in all, more able to enjoy the things that happen in life.
When You Need To Take A Break
Knowing when you need a vacation can be sometimes obvious, but there might be times wherein you also won’t be able to recognize it. People respond and cope with stress differently so having signs of being overwhelmed can also be different, but there are warning signs that can apply to most people.
You might need a vacation if you experience one or more of the following: fatigue, lethargy, lack of motivation, feeling constantly frustrated, sleep disturbances, and many more. Unless you’re already at your peak, vacations can significantly benefit you since it’s better to handle stress early on before it gets too much.
Options For Taking A Break
There are options on how you can take a break. You can either get a long one or a short one. Even minutes-long breaks through the day can already greatly help in preventing you from being overwhelmed. Here are some types of break you may choose from:
Taking a vacation is essential which is why it’s baffling as to why people don’t use their vacation days. To fully enjoy and rest on your vacation, have fun and prioritize yourself. Don’t stress yourself with tourist activities or bring work with you.
According to Erin Swinson, LPC, LMHCA, “Vacation gives the mind and body an opportunity to rest from job-related worries and deadlines that contribute to physical and mental ailments. Studies have shown that chronic stress can affect our body’s abilities to fight infection, maintain key functions, such as digestion, and contribute to injuries and accidents.”
Staycations are becoming more and more popular with how people want to take a break but don’t exactly want to travel too far. This is when you turn the place that you’re usually too busy to enjoy into a place of relaxation, your home. This has the same principles as a vacation, but it can be a bit trickier considering you might get tempted to clean the house, do your work, or do another responsibility. Try to turn off your phone or ignore you and go to a hotel to fully enjoy your staycation.
While people know more about the staycation, the playcation is a bit less popular than the staycation. But the general principle of this is to stay at your home but have fun. This focuses more on having fun in your home whereas staycation is about resting and relaxing. Maybe try to do your hobby or play video games. You can do anything as long as you deem it fun.
Try to interrupt the stress response cycle of the body from time to time by taking a break and then go back to work. It doesn’t have to be a long break; you can just hike, watch a series, listen to music, catch up with friends, or have meditation.
According to Gary Gilles, LCPC, ask yourself “How do you know when you need a break? Listen to your body. Do your eyes hurt from looking into the computer screen? Do your legs feel stiff from sitting in the same position for a long period? Are you yawning about every 90 seconds? These are just a few of the signals your body is sending to tell you it’s time for a break. Too often, though, we ignore these signals because we think that a break will cut into our productivity. But you will actually accomplish more in the long run, because a few minutes away from your work will enhance your physical and mental capacity.”
Hope this helped you and gave you ideas on how to relax. You need this not just for your physical health but also for your mental health development.