Do you ever just want to take a break? Maybe when the alarm clock rings, you want to pretend you didn’t hear. Now, I know we all have periods when we are tired and need a break.
Of course, you can take a day off and enjoy your favorite activity. But, what do you do when you need more time to refresh and rejuvenate? You can take a vacation!
Hopefully, you plan regularly scheduled vacations. Why? Because they are beneficial to your mental and physical health. Our brains and bodies need time to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate.
As leaders, we experience stress every day. The American Psychological Association said, “Our bodies are well equipped to handle stress in small doses, but when that stress becomes long-term or chronic, it can have serious effects on your body.”
Stress can adversely affect all body systems, including the gastrointestinal, nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Therefore, taking a break away from the daily stress is extremely beneficial to your health.
While vacations are good for your health, they are also beneficial to your organization and team. You may think, “I can’t leave my team unsupervised for an extended period.”
As a leader, it is your responsibility to develop your team. First, ask yourself, “Who on your team can replace you?” If you don’t have someone in mind, now is the time to start growing your leaders. Take time to identify and nurture each team member’s unique gifts and talents.
Once you have developed a growth plan for your team, empower them to take on additional responsibilities. Allow team members to assume leadership positions. By investing in your team, you can feel comfortable taking time off.
Growing leaders is also good for your organization. According to Goodwin University, “Modern workplaces are no longer individually success-focused, but rather, promote a team-minded, collaborative atmosphere.” So when you grow your team, you strengthen your organization.
Now that you have set your team and organization up for success, it is time for you to take care of yourself. Finally, it is time to plan your vacation.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”-Ann Lamotte
Taking time to unplug and relax as a leader is not only good for you, it is beneficial for your team and organization. Your vacation goal is to give you time to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate.
Have you planned your next vacation?
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