How to Know When It’s Time to Take a Break

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Do you consider yourself a workaholic?

Maybe you pride yourself on not taking annual leave or not missing a day of work for weeks, months, or years. While it’s something that should be admired, it’s also a trait that’s not sustainable. No matter what profession you’re in or how much you love your job, you’re going to get to a point where you feel burnt out.

So what are the signs that it’s time to take a break? Sometimes it’s not obvious, and other times it’s clear that you need to take some time away from the office. Hitting the reset button can help you return to your job feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

If you notice any of these obvious signs, then it’s time to ask your boss for some time off.

Your Patience is Wearing Thin

We all have a fuse. Some of us are more patient than others. But when you start getting frustrated by small things in the workplace, it’s an evident sign that you need to walk away for a little while. It’s fine to have a vent every once in a while on things that frustrate you. But if you’re starting to do it daily, you need to take a break.

It’s only a matter of time that you snap and perhaps say the wrong thing to the wrong person. You may even regret it because you’re burned out. So take it as a cue that you need some time off.

Your Head is Feeling Foggy

Have you ever had that feeling where your head feels a little sluggish? It’s not a hangover, but you just can’t seem to focus or think straight. Maybe on most occasions, this feeling lasts once you’ve had a cup of coffee or some breakfast.

However, if you’re finding that it’s lasting longer and you can’t seem to shake the feeling, then it means you need to take a break. Not only that, it’s probably best you take a couple of weeks off so that when you return, you completely forget that this foggy feeling ever happened.

It’s Taking You Longer to Complete Everyday Tasks

There are tasks that you complete every day. Most of them are probably admin-based. Most of the time, you can do this with your eyes closed. But every now and then, there’ll be a time where it feels like you need to block out the entire day to finish these items.

Firstly, you should question if you even need to do this task. If you do, and it’s taking you forever to do it, then it probably means you need to take a break from doing it for a while.

You’re Not Focussed Like You Usually Are

Think about how many times you check your phone throughout the day or choose distractions over work. While this might contribute to why tasks are taking longer to do, it’s also likely related to burnout.

Using distractions to avoid work is a sign that you need to take a break. It means you’re losing interest in what you’re doing, and your brain wants a different form of stimulation. So why not go on annual leave and break up your work routine.

You’re Not as Motivated as You Once Were

If going into work feels like a chore, then there is definitely a problem that needs addressing. You might still love where you work, but perhaps you just need to take some time away to clear your head and return to your best self.

However, if you begin to start feeling anxious about returning to the office or dread going back to your job, then no length of time off will be enough, and you should start thinking about moving on.

What You Should Do When You Take a Break

Needing to take a break from work isn’t a sign of weakness. Elite athletes, Fortune 500 CEOs, and people from all walks of life go on a holiday to allow themselves to reset and refresh. A break allows them to clear their head and return to the office, rejuvenated to take on the next challenge.

If you’re looking for something to do on your break, then why not catch up on the Better Boss Blog? You’ll find tips, tricks, and advice on how to improve your leadership capability. Follow pwf services on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook, so you never miss an article.

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