Get Perspective by Taking a Break from Your Normal Routine

Everyone needs a break now and then. A change in the normal routine, a little mixing it up, a chance to rest and relax.

I need a break. My kids need a break. Thank goodness, it’s Spring Break.

It’s that wonderful time of the school year when the weather is beautiful, it stays lighter longer, and school is on vacation for a week. It always comes at just the right time, when we need a break so badly we can taste it.

Everyone needs a break now and then, even people who aren’t students. It’s easy to forget this, once we’re in the “real world” and no longer on an academic schedule. We forget how taking some time off can be a good thing. Many of us don’t give ourselves the time or space we need to decompress for a few days.

Remember this: any deviation from your normal routine can be beneficial. It gives you the opportunity to rest and relax, get a change of scenery and withdraw from your life. I always welcome the chance to step away from my day to day routine because that’s how I get perspective. I can get a clear picture of what’s really working in my life, what isn’t and maybe what needs to be changed. It’s hard to gain this perspective without stepping away.

I understand people are busy at work. I get that individuals who get paid on commission don’t make money if they aren’t meeting with clients. I fully comprehend that at some places of employment, it’s political suicide to actually use all of the vacation time given.

But, here’s the thing: when we have a break and take a little time to relax, we come back to school, our jobs, our lives, recharged and renewed. We’re ready to get back into the swing of things. It’s healthy and necessary.

Research shows that people who do take a break from work tend to be more productive when they return. Remember this the next time you don’t take all of your vacation time or think you’re too busy to take time off from work. You don’t have to take an expensive vacation to get the benefits. Even having a couple of days off, staying at home and just “hanging out,” can be all you need.

You’ll be glad you did.