Holidays, they benefit us before we even embark on them. The build up, the anticipation and the ability to look forward to a vacation is probably something that started when we were still in school, when we longed for those six weeks of un-spoilt playtime?
There’s always someone that brags about how they haven’t had a holiday in years and that their career and work are far more important. Well here at Fiasco HQ we believe holidays are beneficial to both our team and our company. Taking time out especially from a busy workload is important to us, it helps us focus and to not burn out. It keeps us happy designers.
Escaping your daily routines and being able to relax and unwind is a huge benefit to your health. Most stress related illnesses are work related, and no matter who you work for everyone is entitled to a holiday. We realise that time is important, especially to small businesses. According to the XLN Business Community the majority of people working within small businesses won’t even take a holiday. When getting away or going on a long holiday you don’t have to fly half way around the world or spend thousands on a luxury cruise. Just get outside, relax and turn off your phone. Enjoy yourself and don’t even think about picking up your emails! Even if it’s a weekend away, it’s still important. It’s a change your mind and body both need. It’s just simply about breaking out of your every day cycle.
I was lucky and managed to get away for a week this summer to Tunisia, where I was happy just lying in the sun all day catching up with some reading. The sun not only puts you in a good mood but it increases vitamin D which helps reduce heart disease and other serious complications. It also gives you more energy and even increases fertility, it does a lot of good! After returning from holiday my productivity went up, and this only had a positive effect in the workplace. I felt recharged and fully inspired, ready for the year ahead.
So don’t under estimate the importance of a holiday and don’t burn out. A holiday will more than likely pay for itself in productivity when you return anyway. Happy holidays.