When was the last time you took a vacation? If you can’t remember, you probably need one as soon as possible.
If your employer gives you vacation time, take advantage of it. It’s not just there to make your company look like they care about you; it’s there for you to use. Don’t be afraid to use it. Your boss wants you to because taking time off work gives you a chance to recharge your batteries, clear your mind, and come back refreshed and ready to go.
You don’t even have to go anywhere – just plan a staycation for a few days.
9 Signs It’s Time for a Vacation, Now
If you’re not sure if it’s time to take a vacation, check out these signs that it’s time for you to take a vacation.
1. Your Body is Telling You
How have you been feeling lately? Do you always have a headache? Do your back and shoulders hurt all the time? Have you had a cold since December and just can’t seem to shake it?
If you’re sick and hurting all the time, ask for some time off as quickly as possible.
2. You Feel Like You Live at the Office
Have you worked a crazy amount of overtime lately? Do you think about work, even when you’re not physically at work?
Working too much will lead to you being burnt out. Go ahead and schedule some time away from work, then make sure you refuse to think about work on your vacation.
3. Everyone is the Most Annoying Person on the Planet
Is every single one of your coworkers annoying you, no matter what they do? Chances are that they didn’t become that annoying overnight. You’re just tired and need a break from everything – work and your coworkers.
4. Your Alarm Goes Off Earlier Every Day
Does it feel like your alarm is going off earlier and earlier (even though it claims it’s still 6:45)? Are you hitting that snooze button so many times that you’re almost late for work?
If you’ve been finding it harder and harder to get out of bed in the mornings, it’s time to take a vacation.
5. You Can’t Sleep
Have you been tossing and turning all night? There’s a good chance that you can’t stop thinking about work long enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Because you can’t sleep well at night, you’re exhausted during the day (which makes the work day drag on). Take a vacation to give yourself some time to catch up on sleep.
6. You’re Making More Mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. But, are you making more mistakes than normal? You’re not getting worse at your job; you’re just too stressed and tired to do your job properly.
Finish up the project you’re working on, then take a few days off. You’ll come back with a whole new perspective, so you won’t be making those same mistakes over and over again.
7. You Forgot Why You Wanted the Job in the First Place
How excited were you when you first took this job? Was it not only in your industry, but also your dream job? How do you feel about your job now?
If you can’t remember why you were excited about the job and feel a little bit useless, take a vacation. Some time off will do a world of good. You’ll come back just as excited as you were on your first day.
8. You’re Always in a Bad Mood
Has your temper gotten shorter? Are you in a funk that you just can’t get out of?
Working for too long without a break can affect your mental well-being just as much as your physical well-being. If you’re in a bad mood all the time, nobody wants to be around you – not your coworkers, boss, family, or friends.
Please, for everyone’s sanity, take a vacation!
9. You’re Reaching for a Glass of Wine Every Night
What do you do when you get home from work every night? Do you kick off your shoes, then immediately pour yourself a glass of wine or crack open a beer? Maybe you’re not drinking every night, but are you eating more junk food then normal?
If you’re partaking in some unhealthy activities to help you relax and cope with your stress, you should take a vacation.
Please, just take a vacation already! You’ve earned it!