I don’t know about you but for me this was a super productive year.In order to accomplish all the tasks I had and to participate as an active member of my family I got exhausted.Too many nights gone without sleeping at all.The signs for a break were more than obvious.
So … I decided to take that break after all.The kids wanted a trip to my favourite cousin , 330 km away from our base.We packed a few bags on Friday morning and the mini tour begun.
Despite the noise and the impatience of the young boys the drive proved to be a healing process for me.I had the time to think and to plan so many projects for the near future.
The welcome was more than warm and we arrived right on time for the dinner.
Suddenly the house was full of kids.7 in total , aged from 4 up to 14.
The night was magic , just like Christmas.The food was excellent and we had fun chatting , listening to music and watching movies at the end.
Did I stop from working at all?
Nope , I admit it.Running a website is not the easiest job in the world , you need to be there , online.
I had my laptop with me and there was WiFi connection but I kept the promise to myself.I used my lap only for 3-4 hours , mostly to engage in social media and to check emails.
As you can see I only posted a very short Christmas message , in order to keep in touch with you.
How do I feel now? – Importance of taking a Break from Work
I had some fun after a very long time , since this summer.!
I enjoyed my kids and had made new contacts.!!
I visited relatives and talked about the past and the future.!!!
I recorded a few videos for my projects.!!!! … ( is this counting as work? … probably yes )
I even slept well , two nights of 9 hour sleep in a row , that is a record for the last 7 years.!!!!!
But most importantly … my mind is relaxed and I have new ideas.On top of that I feel excited to get back to work.
I feel alive and empowered.Now I have energy and a strong will to continue even harder for the upcoming months.
I think that everyone deserves a break , no matter the job or position.Being an employee , boss , manager or independent entrepreneur … you have to take a break from time to time.
If you don’t , you reduce the productivity rates and you risk your mental health and peace.An exhausted body is not the perfect ally , especially if you are a business owner and you are responsible for everything.
How could you make the right decisions when you are stressed or even depressed?
The doctors suggest regular pauses from work as they highlight that a series of diseases might knock your door.Additionally they ensure that in order to achieve maximum levels of productivity you need to rest well.Not only a few times in a year but every day , short but mentally beneficial breaks.
I feel revived and my body is taking its shape again.We have already planned our next trip for this Easter holiday , again back to my favourite cousin …. we can’t wait for that.
If we did not take that holiday trip I know I would not be writing that post today.
Sometimes we feel that there is no time enough to do all the things we have planned.But we are not machines , we are humans.
Looking forward to your comments and thoughts.Are you taking breaks from work?…What is your formula?…Till next time , your online partner.
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