Why it’s important to get regular rest and relaxation

Get the best out of your working life

Recently, I’ve been on a little holiday away for a loved one’s birthday. Whilst chilling in a caravan I quickly learned that I could 100% relax. I didn’t have to worry about my daily workload, I knew I'd left my duties in very capable hands, and my colleagues all wished me a very happy time off!

No one wants to go on holiday worrying about anything work related; you won’t rest, and you’ll see it as a waste of time instead of something that’s absolutely necessary. Especially if you’re a very hard worker.

So, to help you get the best out of your working life, here are my top 3 reasons why I think it’s important to get regular rest and relaxation:

1) Improves your health

It sounds too good to be true but relaxing is key to keeping your mind and body fighting fit. After a stressful/hardworking day you need to unwind, as it’s been shown time and time again that stress is a silent killer. It’s a very serious issue, and if you choose to not de-stress and just “get on with it” then you’re going to be doing more harm than good.

So, to counteract this I’d recommend pulling out the duvet, getting some hot chocolate, and have a full-on binge of Netflix to really loosen up.

They’ve even got the Bake off on there now, so Mary Berry could help save your life!

What a legend.

2) Improves quality of work

Now I admit this sounds very clichéd, but I did notice when I stepped away from my desk I started to see things in a different light. For example, Instagram; I always saw Instagram as a “Flexing” tool (an app you go on when you want to show off what you have) so I've never really understood the appeal. But when on holiday I saw the allure of one of its new features: “Stories”.

Stories are time sensitive images linked to your account, any picture you take and add to your “Story” will only be viewable for 24 hours, after that it’s gone to the ether. It reminded me that content isn’t forever.  It’s a finite thing that happens in the moment and will eventually be forgotten; just like the hundreds of photos I took at the Lakes Aquarium!

Some things are better off forgotten…

3) Improves productivity  

I can only speak for myself, but after having a week off I was really looking forward to coming back. To produce the best possible work I could, to catch up with everyone in the office, and to just bring my own warped sense of humour back into the office; Since we now know you could always do with a little fun to help everyone de-stress! I’m practically Mary Berry here.

And that’s it!

If you want to get the best out of your working life, then I recommend getting yourself some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Eric Wansell