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When was the last time you took a week off? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to take a break. Understandably, this can be tough to do when you own your own business, but it’s crucial to prevent burnout (and even health issues). Here are some telltale signs you’re overdue for some R & R.
1. You’re often in a bad mood.
If you’re feeling overly aggravated or testy, it could be a sign that you’re maxed out. All these things can wreak havoc on both your mental well-being and the general vibe of your workplace. Yes, there are strategies you can employ to help manage your stress (like regular exercise), but oftentimes hitting your own personal pause button is the most effective. Chances are you’ll come back from a break healthier, happier, and more equipped to handle stressful situations.
2. Employees are asking if you feel okay.
If your employees are noticing that something’s amiss with you, it’s likely there is. So if “Are you okay?” is something you hear a lot, it’s time to be honest with yourself.
3. Your work is getting sloppy.
Are you starting to make mistakes on tasks that you used to find routine? Missing meetings or appointments? This could be a sign that your brain is fried. When you notice this starting to happen, it’s better for business for you to take care of yourself. You don’t want to make a costly slip-up because you’re overloaded.
4. Small hang-ups are turning into big issues.
If you find yourself flying off the handle at minor issues, that’s not a good sign. Overreacting or ruminating on things that aren’t a big deal is your brain’s way of telling you to find some balance.
5. You’re generally not feeling well.
Do you feel physically run-down on a consistent basis? Persistent backaches, headaches, eye strain, stomach problems, and digestive issues are all things your body can use to communicate stress. And if you don’t pay attention to these signals, they could lead to more serious health problems. It’s better to take some preemptive time off than it is to make yourself sick (which could lead to you having to take even more time off).
6. Your sleep is suffering.
Problems falling and staying asleep — even though you feel exhausted — could point to a problem. Stress can force the body into a hyper-alert state, which can disrupt the amount of time you spend in the restorative part of your sleep cycle. Sleep is paramount for overall health and mental functioning, so if it’s becoming an issue, it’s time to take your stress management seriously.