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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Carberry

Business owners: 5 reasons you need to wind down this Christmas

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance in the fast-paced

business environment. We are now connected to work through various modes of technology which makes it difficult to unplug at the end of the day. The evolution of systems that allow flexibility in the workplace is also the cause of a blurred line between work and life. We are no longer restricted to the hours in the standard working week, and as a result are more tired and stressed where work is concerned.

Business owners are especially at risk of overworking, so make sure you take some time out this Christmas for yourself. Here are 5 reasons why you should take a break this holiday season:

1. Reconnect with family and friends

Are you guilty of putting your family and friends on the back burner while you are looking after your business? Sure, we can all get absorbed in our business, so much so that we forget about what is really important in our lives. Take the time this holiday season to spend time with your loved ones. It may even be worth implementing some serious time management strategies to improve your balance between family and work in the New Year.

2. Increase your productiveness

It may be hard to believe that our productivity is decreased when we work a high amount of overtime hours’ however many studies in recent years have corroborated this idea. Discover a refreshed level of productiveness at work in an unexpected way, by spending fewer hours there! It is also important to spend enough time away from work that you can appreciate going to work, rather than resenting all the extra hours you have put in.

3. Experience fewer health problems

Our immune system is the first to suffer when we are tired, run down, and stressed out. It is important to maintain a balance between work and life, not just in the holiday season but all year round to avoid becoming ill. Ensure you are eating nutritious foods and making time for exercise during the working week to limit your health problems throughout the year.

4. Maintaining a healthy work environment for employees

Your employees are one of the most important aspects of your business, so they should be treated accordingly. By taking a break you will come back to work with a positive and motivated attitude, which will follow on through to your employees. This creates a supportive and healthy work environment in which everyone can work collaboratively to achieve business goals.

5. Improve your mental health

Physical health is very essential; however we often seem to overlook our equally important mental health. The stresses that come with running your own business seem to be normal, but the negative impacts that follow can be dangerous to your health and happiness. Take some time away from work to recuperate and focus on yourself, your family, and the things that make you happy.

This holiday season, unplug and unwind from work to spend time with your family and friends. The benefits you will see in the New Year will make the time away from work worth it! Ensure that the time you are spending in your multiple work and personal roles is not conflicting, but enriching your life.

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