5 Good Reasons a Self-Employed Professional Should Take Vacation

So you think you’re not justified in taking time away from your business because you’re self-employed?   You work hard so why not work hard.  Getting away from the office is important to your health.  It reduces the stress, allows you to refresh and you get to recharge yourself.  Studies indicate, an annual vacation cuts the risk of heart attacks in men by 30% and by 50% in women.

Once you stop fretting about what’s going to happen without you, you’ll be amazed at the impact a vacation can have on your business.   Time off can open the flood gates to fresh perspectives and inspiration.  My recent vacation to Dubai and Abu Dhabi allowing me to refresh, recharge and have fun.

Here are five great reasons why you should get away from definitely take a vacation a:

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Spa Time

Physical down time

You work hard to grow and maintain your business.  Trying to be superhuman will certainly take its toll if you allow it to.  Give your body a break by taking in some R&R.  While away awaken your senses by taking advantage of a spa cabanas massage that will leave you feeling physically rested and mentally uplifted.

Mental down time

Your days are filled with busy, sometimes even hectic, day-to-day activities related to your business. If you don’t allow yourself to get away from it once in a while, your peace of mind and general well-being will most definitely suffer.  Get out and play. Go for a bike ride, go hiking or just go sit poolside.  Your mind will thank you!

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Get out and go for a bike ride

Spend Time with Family

Your family and friends see you working, working, working, sometimes rarely coming up for air. Both you and they will appreciate spending some quality time together.   It’s your time for fun and laughter.  Play cards or board games in the room.

See the world (or your own back yard)

The important thing is to do something you enjoy, whether it’s traveling or, if that’s not your cup of tea or you don’t have the budget for it, spend time at home. If you also work out of your home, this could be challenging. The key is to stay out of your office during your vacation time. Try getting creative with this.  Make your office “off limits” by closing the door, unplug the phone and place a sign on it.  Do whatever it takes to keep your mind off working.   How about a hobby or a day trip to the beach?   Think of what you can do within your budget that’s fun.  Or do nothing at all!

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Spend quality time with family

You have a life

Although this one is a no-brainer, it surprises me how many small business owners don’t feel as if they deserve time off. There is too much to do, and not enough hours in the day to get it all done. Well, I’ve got news for you. It’s always going to feel that way! Only you have the power to allow yourself time off. Even if you prefer only to take a day here and a day there instead of a week-long (or longer) vacation each year, that’s a whole lot better than never taking time off. Trust me, you’ll feel better about yourself and your work if you take regular vacation time. You’ll be healthier, too!

Make sure you take some time off during the holidays to be with your family!  You deserve it!!!