Taking time off is SO important for your mental health, for better relationships, and for fun. Take this as a sign to request a few days off in the coming months for a vacation, as big or as small as you can afford, and take it! As the year comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the past 10 months, and I realized one thing: I do not take enough time off. If this sounds like you, keep reading for some advice on how to overcome your workaholic tendencies.
Personally, my projects and tasks at work feel very personal to me because I am responsible for them day-in and day-out. They’re like my children, and it makes me reluctant to give up the responsibility to someone else on my team. I also used to have a fear of being “found out”, called imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is when you have a fear that people at work will find out you are not good enough, not working hard enough, not smart enough, etc., to do your job. It can be quite debilitating and is something I’ve struggled with in the workplace. In turn, I rarely took time off for fun because I didn’t want to be viewed as lazy or incompetent. Keep in mind, I’ve had unlimited paid time off for the past year.
Another major reason I hated taking time off was that I felt bad if someone asked for something from me and I was not online to help them out. This is a major issue because, time off is time off for a reason – you should take it and get a well-deserved break from constantly being available to your coworkers.
When requesting time off and feeling uneasy about it:
You have paid time off for a reason.
Time off is time that allows you to decompress and unplug from the worries and stressors of the workplace. It does wonders for both your mental health and your productivity – everyone needs a break sometimes! Including you. Even if it’s one mental health day where you take the time off and lay in bed watching Netflix all day, it’s worth it. Your time off does not need to be a big extravagant vacation, it needs to simply be a relaxing time for you to recharge and enjoy life – simple as that.
A few steps to overcoming your workaholic tendencies
- Schedule mental health days in advance throughout the year, at least one every month (if your job allows that amount of time off).
- Plan fun vacations with friends who live far! Sometimes the planning can be just as fun as the vacation is!
- Ask your manager for reminders to take time off when you haven’t in a while (if you have a good relationship with your manager).
- Set reminders every month on your phone with reasons why taking time off is helpful and healthy for you to ensure you stay on track with taking breaks as needed.
- Find a job that has unlimited paid time off or a flexible work schedule. Obviously, this is one of the harder points on this list, but something to think about when searching for a job in the future.