Most of the people still take work with them on vacation in one form or another, and more than 25 percent of corporate people don’t take any absolute downtime at all. So what’s the problem?
Vacation is as Important as Sleep
Just as lack of sleep impedes your ability to think clearly and act decisively, lack of playtime keeps you from taking in information effectively and seeing the totality of a situation. Lack of sleep and play both have a negative impact on your reflex time, general resilience and ability to ward off infection.
When you’re stressed out and tired, you are more likely to become ill. Your sleep will suffer, you won’t digest your food as well, and even the genetic material in the cells of your body may start to become altered in a bad way.
You’re Hurting More Than Yourself
The bitter irony is that the vacation deprived usually think they’re doing everybody a favor by continuing to work themselves to the brink of exhaustion. But the reality is that they’re costing everyone — their coworkers, their direct reports, their organizations, their families and themselves. Work addiction is an insidious thing. Like other addictions, you usually have to bottom out before you can summon the courage to change.
Uninterrupted routines tend to result in boredom, which hinders creativity and mindfulness, therefore is counterproductive. By contrast, having new and interesting experiences on a trip, for example, can be brought back to the workplace and enhance one’s performance.
Detaching from a familiar environment can help get new perspectives on everyday life, says Adam Galinsky, professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Consider that when you get advice from a friend, his or her suggestions are often more creative than what you would have decided for yourself. That’s because your friend has psychological distance from the situation at hand. When you’re in the middle of a problem, it’s sometimes hard to untangle yourself from it to think about it clearly.
Similarly, many people have epiphanies when they travel because they can view their life back home from a more detached, outsider’s view.
Once you are on vacations we recommend you to:
- Leave your smart phone and laptop behind, so you cannot be reached from the office and won’t be tempted to “check in” every so often.
- Don’t get involved in too many activities, even though they seem fun, if they turn your vacation into another hectic event. Relax at our Spa!
- Live in the moment and make the most of each day. Focus on all the things you never seem to have enough time for such as leisure, pleasure, conversation, etc.
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