The 9-to-5 grind, or even the 2-to-10 grind, can become tiresome week after week after week. Even the most-driven people need to take a break now and then. Here are four reasons why taking a personal day can benefit both your personal and professional lives.
1. Everyone deserves a personal day
Taking an occasional day off work for no reason other than to give yourself a break is nothing to feel guilty about — think of it as a mini-vacation. There are so many wonderful ways to spend a personal day: sleeping in, brunching with friends, reading a book, going for a walk, exploring a neighborhood, or watching movies at home. These activities are excellent outlets that can help us recharge and put us in better stead to hit the ground running the next day.
Have you been putting off visiting a local gallery or taking yourself to that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try because it seems indulgent, especially when there are so many other pressing things on the agenda? A personal day as its name suggests gives us the chance to honor ourselves and make time for activities that feed our souls. Try something that’s both fun and stimulating like a day class in your favorite technology where you can meet new people and learn new skills. Take a day off and be as intentional or as open to plans as you like.
2. You’re feeling overwhelmed
Juggling a busy work schedule from Monday to Friday leaves little time to complete personal tasks, let alone time to relax. Weekends usually involve long lists of errands to run and chores to complete as well as social engagements. There’s usually little time to enjoy some downtime or anytime to oneself.
Pressure can build, and it can lead to impacts on work performance. Not being able to properly switch off and make time to indulge in pleasant pastimes or do nothing at all can leave people feeling worn and exhausted. Taking a day off work can be a necessary step toward improving balance across professional and personal lives.
3. You need time to reflect
Being out of the office is sometimes a great opportunity to reflect on the types of things that could improve in the office. For example, updating slow computers and investing in new equipment could help make processes more efficient meaning that time gained will lead to being proactive on other tasks.
Taking time to reflect outside of the work environment can be beneficial in several ways; it can allow for more objectivity and clarity because there’s space to think about ways to improve systems and approaches as well as providing a chance to cater to personal needs. Returning to the office in a new mindset and sharing your reflection with colleagues, especially senior colleagues, can help spread the message that personal days can lead to a renewed sense of purpose in the workplace.
4. Your health has taken a back seat
Often, we find ourselves sitting down in front of computer screens for long stretches of time which can be detrimental to our health. Studies have shown that living sedentary lifestyles can have the same effect on our bodies as smoking can. Think about which health and wellness tools and remedies that could benefit your health and lead to a more productive and pleasant workplace, not just for yourself, but for everyone in the office. An adjustable desk stand will allow people to move from sitting to standing in a matter of seconds, giving them the chance to stretch their legs and focus on their posture.
Don’t forget that taking care of the mind is just as important as taking care of physical health. Taking a mental health day is a vital step in ensuring you deal with your health holistically. Try to use this day to re-center thoughts and reflect on feelings that you have been bottling up. Whatever the reason, be it work burnout, the need for some alone time or the chance to take a three-day weekend, asking for a personal day should be an easy act as it will pay dividends in the long-term.