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Vacation Tips From a Workaholic

Treat Your Body

Your body is your most important work tool and break periods provide an ideal opportunity to thoroughly check your body systems.

Don't ignore your body’s subtle signs that rundown is imminent. Things like poor quality of sleep, persistent aches, weight gain, high blood pressure, anxiety, poor eyesight, sleep apnea, depression and increased risk of heart attack and diabetes all are common in those who suffer from acute workaholism.

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Vacation Tips From a Workaholic

Vacation Tips From a Workaholic

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/293861

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Catch Up With Your Life

Your workaholism means you miss out on other things in life. You are increasing your income at the expense of reducing the time you have to spend enjoying that financial success.

Your break is the perfect time to spend with friends, partners, make those calls you keep postponing or reconnect with old acquaintances.

Treat Your Body

Your body is your most important work tool and break periods provide an ideal opportunity to thoroughly check your body systems.

Don't ignore your body’s subtle signs that rundown is imminent. Things like poor quality of sleep, persistent aches, weight gain, high blood pressure, anxiety, poor eyesight, sleep apnea, depression and increased risk of heart attack and diabetes all are common in those who suffer from acute workaholism.

Treat Your Mind

Stressing your mind with heavy tasks reduces the output and quality of your work. Within your budget, strive to awe yourself with unique activities and you will recover faster from the stress.

It’s also important to take some time to think on the nature and purpose of your work, outside of the pressure of doing the work itself. This can be a restorative therapy to improve the way you approach your business and your career.

Pause Everything Related To Work

If you're truly going to take a break, you need to take time off from everything:

  • Set up auto reply for your email account. 
  • Keep only an emergency phone number activated and leave it with the few people who are likely to be apprised of any worst-case-scenario emergencies that might need your personal attention. 
  • Stay away from people with whom you have only a work relationship.

Workaholism Pros And Cons

  • Being a workaholic isn’t necessarily a bad thing -- if you can balance work with pleasure. If you love your work, your “workaholism” likely brings you feelings of fulfillment and financial security.
  • On the flipside, workaholism impacts mind, body and general productivity. Research has found a link between workaholism and reduced physical and mental well-being as well as reduced marriage satisfaction. These studies stress the importance to be cautious and take periodic breaks. 

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Learn to cope with stress

The key to finding the balance between work and health is learning how to cope with stress.

Get in the habit of stepping away from the stressful situation for a few moments to calm down and collect your thoughts: step away from the computer or spend a few minutes walking outside.

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Bunker Down In a Secret Location

Find a place and schedule in which you will not be disturbed. Concentration and focus must be trained. Having a special time and space to do focused work, will train your brain to do it better.

To maximize productivity, prepare for deep work with deep breathing and visualizing your desired end state. Also, chunk work into 45-minute blocks and do some movement and yoga between those deep work sets.

Ask If It’s a ‘Heck-Yes’ Opportunity

The more successful you become, the more shiny opportunities offer themselves to you, but not all of them are good for you in the moment.

Always ask yourself, or the people around you, if the pros outweigh the cons by a large margin. If they don’t, refuse the opportunity as it will become a stressful commitment.

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