6 Reasons to Take a Break
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘a change is as good as a rest’ so here we will look at why you should Take a Break.
New research suggests we should combine the two for a healthier and happier existence.
Psychologists and researchers have highlighted 6 benefits if you take a break and all 6 benefits combined make for a healthier wellbeing and it doesn’t necessarily mean waiting for the annual 2 week break.
Take a Break – The Benefits:
Satisfaction with Life
Holidays, weekends away and even a day off can contribute to our psychological wellness, the sometimes short interruption of the daily grind can actually have a much longer impact than the time spent enjoying the time out.
Canadian studies suggest that the the benefits of a short break impacts positively on a more balanced work/life balance, less stress and better overall mental health.
You may wonder how a short break could improve your physical health but improvements in sleep quality, mood, physical wellness and a lowering of blood pressure are just some of the benefits with can persist long after the time out.
As well as holidays and short breaks being great for us emotionally studies identified that anxiety is reduced both during the time out that lower anxiety levels continue at that level for two weeks after our return to our usual routines.
Creativity and Empowerment
Studies found that ideas generated in the work place immediately after a holiday are more diverse than before, the break would seem to increase our Creative energy.
Reduced Work Related Stress
Reduced stress at work and work burnout makes for a happier and harder worker when we interrupt the pressures by taking a short break or a holiday.
Take a Break – Combining a holiday and Therapy
Many people are now combining their need or desire to grow as a person with a relaxing holiday, either alone or with their family. A sharp increase in the number of people booking Intensive Counselling or Therapy Breaks means that people get to relax but at the same time have access to a Counsellor or Life Coach and are able to address some of their underlying issues. This builds on the success of retreats and combines the benefits of both.
If you would like to know more about building or maintaining the benefits of time out, please don’t hesitate to contact me for details of how I can help you with any of life challenges or for more information of how I can help you via online counselling or for more information about intensive counselling breaks.
Paul Parkin – Online Counsellor and Life Coach