5 Signs You Need to Take a Break from Your Work

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Posted on: 06 July 2016 by Tess Pajaron

You may feel stuck in the grind of your everyday life, and a severe burnout could be lurking in the shadows. Are things really as great as you think they are? If they aren’t, it may be time to get away.

While Superwoman is an excellent comic book character, she’s simply not a feasible role model for people who exist outside of a fictional universe. It’s great to feel motivated, productive, and inspired. It’s empowering to feel like our accomplishments have made a significant impact on our work environments. But what happens when these things aren’t as fulfilling as they used to be?

You may feel stuck in the grind of your everyday life, and a severe burnout could be lurking in the shadows. Are things really as great as you think they are? If they aren’t, it may be time to get away.

1. You’re exhausted

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could go back to grade school and take every nap you decided to skip? Are you drinking more coffee than usual, and relying on your snooze button like it’s your saving grace? You shouldn’t feel that tired. Sleep is important for your mental and physical health. If you can’t juggle all of your responsibilities without sacrificing sleep, something has to give.

2. You feel disconnected from your family

If you have a spouse or children, when was the last time you made great memories together? If the last camping trip or movie night seems like it was ages ago, it probably was. When we become consumed by our work, the important bonds in our lives suffer as a direct result. While we need to work to live, we also need to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor with the people we love – even if it’s just a few friends who want to share cocktails on the beach.

3. The passion is gone

Think about your first major accomplishment at your current job. It probably felt exhilarating to see that project through to its completion. You felt unstoppable, and you were ready to celebrate. If your relationship with your job is healthy, you’ll still feel the same rush of productive euphoria. If that rush has been replaced with a sense of relief that the project is finally over, work may be dulling down your senses. Pull away before your successful relationship with your career turns into a bad marriage.

4. Your performance is slipping

When you’re on it, you’re on it. Every “t” is crossed, every “i” is dotted, and every piece of paperwork has been revised, checked, and revised again. If you find yourself making increasingly more small mistakes – particularly mistakes that should have been too obvious to slip past you – this is a sign that you’re growing weary. You’re tired of living out the same old routine, and changing things up for a while can help you return with a sharper, refreshed mind.

5. The weekend means nothing to you

The weekends are for you to spend how you please. If all you want to do is stress, worry, and sleep, this defeats the entire purpose of your weekend. You need to be able to leave the office at the office – the burdens of your work shouldn’t be travelling home with you. If you spend the entire weekend dreading Monday, that’s no way to live your life.

Everyone needs a break sometimes, and there’s nothing to feel to guilty about. Your employer gives you vacation time because they know you need it and you deserve it. Don’t toil away at work to the point where it’s reducing your quality of life. Take a few extra days off now and then to find your inner peace.

 

With a background in business administration and management, Tess Pajaron currently works at Open Colleges, Australia's leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and marketing.

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