June 6, 2022

Three Ways to Vacation Without Burnout

You just got back from a vacation, and you're feeling energized and ready to take on the world.

You're already thinking about your next vacation.

It would be best to have a vacation, but you're too tired.

This is a common dilemma that many industry leaders face. You don’t have the time to take another break, yet you know it's what your body needs to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and re- energized.

Many CEOs and business executives don't realize that they often feel drained because they are overworked or overexerting themselves in their everyday lives. Leaders need to take time off from work and recharge their batteries frequently to come back more motivated and ready to tackle the tasks ahead of them without feeling like they have been defeated before they get started.

Why a Vacation is Important

A vacation can be a great way to reduce burnout. It can help you to recharge and get back on track.

A vacation is good for your mental health, but it’s also good for your physical health. Studies show that people who take breaks are less likely to suffer from chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

A vacation is a time for you to take a break from your routine and do something different. It can be a time to spend quality time with family and friends, reflect on gratitude, or relax.

A vacation is important because it can help reduce exhaustion. When you are constantly working on the same tasks day in and day out, it can be hard to stay motivated. A vacation allows you to step away from work for a while and refocus on what matters going forward.

However, can you call it a vacation if you cannot relax?

Reasons for Lack of Relaxation

We are so used to the idea of working all the time that we forget to take a break. We need to learn how to relax and enjoy life.

We have all been there. You are on vacation, you are in a beautiful place, and you are surrounded by people who love you. But somehow, it is still hard to relax. This is because we live in a society that has trained us to believe that busyness equals productivity. We have become so used to being overworked that we neglect things like sitting back and embracing the moment.

The lack of relaxation is a significant problem in the modern world. People are constantly on the go, and they don't have enough time to care for themselves. In this section, we will explore some of the reasons for this lack of relaxation and how it can be addressed.

Some people believe that the lack of relaxation is due to our hectic lifestyles. We are constantly on the go, and we don't have enough time to care for ourselves. Others believe that it’s because we're always connected to technology.

With endless streams of technology, it’s hard to unplug. It's hard to disconnect from our devices when it controls many aspects of our work and personal lives.

Some believe that taking time off from work will make them less productive in the long run because they will lose momentum or forget what they were doing before they left. However, this is not true because when you come back from vacation, you will be refreshed and ready to tackle your tasks again with new energy and a fresh perspective.

The lack of relaxation is not just a problem for individuals, but also companies. When employees are stressed, they are more likely to make mistakes and have less focus on their work. This can lead to lower productivity and higher turnover rates within the company.

Maybe it’s unplugging your phone and not checking emails, but it’s crucial to have space to disconnect from your work/ life routine. “An intentional disruption (like a well-planned vacation) is the best defense against chronic burnout and stress.”-Benita Williams

But why aren’t more CEOs encouraging more vacation time for their employees multiple times per year?

Unused Vacation Time

PTO (paid-time-off) is a luxury for companies in the United States. Most highly developed nations offer paid leave as a staple to most jobs. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the United States. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 76% of American workers have access to PTO, many between 5 and 10 days a year.”

“And yet, for the first time in recorded history, more than half of Americans (55%) left vacation days unused, which equates to 658 million unused vacation days. Take a moment for that number to set in. Imagine the impact those vacations could have on the U.S. economy — on airlines, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and towns — not to mention the impact it would have on individuals’ stress levels.”

Executive leaders need to take time off of work to relax and rejuvenate. This can be done through vacations, family time, or even just a break from work. Your top-level employees need to have some downtime to feel refreshed and ready to return to the workplace.

There are many reasons why people do not take their vacation time. Some of these reasons include heavy workloads, lack of planning, or not being encouraged by their colleagues. Some executives may even be frowned upon if they take “too” much time from work.

The lack of PTO harms the health and well-being of employees. It can lead to chronic stress, anxiety, and depression.

There are many reasons why no PTO is not a good idea. One of the most important reasons is that it can lead to burnout. When people don't take time off from work, they lose the ability to recharge their batteries and refresh themselves for a new week ahead. This leads to exhaustion, which leads to lower productivity levels and increased absenteeism rates.

Whether it’s a lack of PTO by employees or the employer, the reality is that we all need a break and a reset. Otherwise, we cannot be the best version of ourselves since stress can cause mental, physical, and spiritual complications.

But there are ways to make your vacation more relaxing!

How to Relax on Vacation

A vacation is a time to relax and enjoy oneself. But sometimes, it can be hard to find ways to relax while on vacation. In this section, we will discuss the best way to relax on vacation, enjoy your time off, and return to work/life feeling reenergized.

  1. The first step is to make sure that you schedule your vacation in advance. This will ensure that you have enough time for planning and preparation before the big day arrives.
  1. Next, take care of work-related tasks like scheduling meetings or checking emails before leaving for your trip. This will allow you to focus on relaxing when it's time for it entirely!
  1. Finally, make sure that you're prepared with a list of relaxation techniques or activities specific to what you want from your trip.

There are many ways and techniques that you can use to relax on your vacation. You may want to try some of the following: go for a walk, read a book, listen to music, take a nap, meditate or go dancing.

It’s important to unplug your mind to feel the full benefits of relaxation. Otherwise, you go back to work feeling more stressed than before.

Do’s and Don'ts When Planning a Vacation

In this last section, I want to give you some of my personal do’s and don’ts when it comes to planning and executing your vacation itinerary so that you will reap all the benefits of a well- planned vacation:

  1. Do consult with a luxury travel agent.
  2. Do pre-plan all of your travel destinations (4 or more weeks recommended).
  3. Do inform your employer or business partners of your planned vacation times well in advance.
  4. Do delegate vacation tasks such as purchasing tickets, arranging flights, selecting hotels, packing, activities for kids, etc.
  5. Do record yourself having fun and excitement; these memories will recharge you later.
  6. Do pray, reflect, and journal often.
  7. Do get complete rest and sleep (frequent breaks throughout the day and 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night (self-care is essential).
  8. Don’t create a full schedule of activities (such as several back-to-back excursions). Instead, put space between activities so that you can take in each moment without feeling rushed or anxious to move on to the next activity.
  9. Don’t bring work while on your vacation. Completely unplug from work and practice mindfulness as you take in your environment.
  10. Don’t be afraid to go someplace different, try something different, or learn something different; in other words, break your normal routines.

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About the Author 

Benita Williams is an International Best-selling author, Self-care Strategist, and CEO of Benita Williams Enterprises, LLC., a business consulting company. Find out more at www.benitawilliams.com. Looking for additional tips to add to your own practice?
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