Take a vacation! Take a vacation! Take a vacation! I repeat…TAKE A VACATION!
For some reason, we’ve gotten into the mindset that we are being good citizens if we overwork ourselves. We are overworked and modern technology makes us too accessible. Being dog tired by midweek, working through lunch, committing to extra work hours, not using all of our work leave; and, for what? To show our colleagues and employer that we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for the company’s well-being? Or, to give ourselves the false sense of job security because of our self-sacrifice?
Newsflash: Your employer loves your self-sacrifice because it positively benefits their interest, but that doesn’t mean you have job security and they won’t fire you if that better serves their interest. Your colleagues will care about your overworking when it mirrors their own efforts, or when your overworking positively benefits them.
No one is really looking out for your interest but you. I’ve learned that work will always be there. So, no matter the volume of work on your plate you will always have work to do so long as you are employed. Just know, your employer needs you as much as you need them. You need to be instrumental in finding a balance between work demands and self-care.
Now, I am not saying be lazy or be a slacker at work, but you need to take care of you. So, leave work on time, stop checking e-mails after work and take a vacation! There are more than enough distractions in life to get bogged down about, which is, even more of a reason to take regular vacations. Recharging and taking time for oneself is not selfish and it is a necessity to ones’ personal health. I have taken plenty of staycations where I just relaxed and vegged out at home. Not every vacation needs to be expensive or to some far-out destination.
Overall, the moral of the story is to stop overworking yourself and take time for you.
Man…sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
-The Dalai Lama
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