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Knowing When to Take a Break from Work

Taking a break from work can be tough. After all, time off can mean falling behind and potentially losing out on a fair bit of money. From time to time, though, taking time off is a necessity. If you notice that one of the signs below is true for you, it might be a good idea to start looking at taking a few days off from work.

When Your Performance is Suffering

The little things are often the best warning signs before a disaster. If you notice that you are starting to make multiple tiny mistakes at work, you might need to take some time away from the office. Multiple little mistakes are often a sign that your concentration is starting to go, possibly from putting in too many hours. You may well need a break that will allow you to gain some perspective and get your mind back where it needs to be. Take real time off and allow yourself the time you need to get back on the ball.

When Your Health is Suffering

If you have recurring health issues, it’s important to know when to stop working. If you are putting in so many hours that you are always sick or that you are feeling worn down, you need to take at least a day off to recuperate. If you are dealing with work-related issues like carpal tunnel, for example, you might need to take even more time off to heal. While your job is certainly important, it’s not more important than your health. Use any time off you have to get back to a better place physically and mentally.

When Your Relationships Suffer

If you can’t remember the last time you went on a date or did something with your friends, that might be a problem. You might be a homebody, but everyone has relationships in their lives that are important. If you find that you are out of the loop in all of your personal relationships, you are certainly working too much. This is one of the most common signs that you need a vacation, so pay attention. All work and no play really is a dangerous combination if you want to have a life outside of the office.

When You Dread Your Job

If you find yourself lying in bed one day dreading the fact that you have to go to work, that’s nothing to worry about. If this happens every day, though, you’re looking at a problem. You may need to consider taking some time off to recharge or to make a better plan for your future. It might be normal to hate waking up early or fighting traffic but feeling a true sense of dread about going into your workplace is a sure sign that something more serious is going on. Definitely schedule a vacation if you get to this point.

When You Resent Your Workplace

One of the major signs that you need to take time off is that you start to resent your workplace. It’s not just going to work that you don’t like – it’s the little things that are driving you mad. You start to become irrationally angry at the way your boss pronounces a certain word or at the pictures on your coworkers’ desks. This kind of unhealthy frame of mind is certainly a sign that you need a break.

When You Begin to Make Unhealthy Choices

If you notice that you are making unhealthy choices just to keeping going to work, it’s probably a good time to take a break. If you’re over-indulging in alcohol, making poor choices in how you spend your time or even starting to undertake risky behavior just to feel something, you’re heading down a very dangerous path. If you intend to be able to work in the future, it’s vital that you take some time off to reassess what’s going on in your life.

If you’re experiencing any of the signs above, taking a brief break might be a good idea. If you can afford to do so, an extended vacation may allow you to come back to work better-rested and better able to handle your resonsibilities. No matter what your situation, though, you must acknowledge that it’s impossible to continue working without taking at least a brief break. Doing so will not only hurt your physically and psychologically, but it will also ruin your ability to perform well at work.

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