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How many times have you felt that work has taken over your life? Do you feel like the hustle culture is getting to you? Is it that you want the weekend to arrive and hate the thought of all the work lined up for the upcoming week? If that’s the case, you may be in dire need of a leave.
Like many others, you may have the usual response — “I do not have time.” But let’s just say that occasional leave or a day off can really help you recharge and instead, prepare you to be more productive. Moreover, you also need time to de-stress and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Health Shots got in touch with Roopali Shrivastava, Consultant Counselling Psychologist at IWill to know how such occasional leaves help. Here’s what she has to say, “There are many reasons why someone may need to have time off from work. Nowadays, more employers are realizing the benefits of taking time off from work and how taking a break improves the capacity of their employees. While workplace culture is not the cause of an illness, certain cultures, especially those that require employees to work long hours in sedentary conditions, can make an illness difficult to manage.”
By now, we know that our mental and physical health have an intrinsic connection. Shrivastava says that due to long working hours, if you feel that you do not get adequate sleep, or have the inability to maintain an exercise routine, and also believe you don’t have time for friends and loved ones, then your deteriorating mental health can make it hard to keep up at work.
“Taking a break can help on an individual and organisational level. By taking occasional leave, workers can reduce stress and increase happiness, which leads to increased productivity, and reduced staff turnover. The benefits of taking leave promotes good physical and mental health in the workplace and improves people’s work-life balance, which reduces stress and unscheduled days off,” she adds.
On an individual level, occasional leave may help by reducing stress, which in turn lowers the risk of anxiety and depression, improves your mood, and may help to ease social relationships. It also helps to boost health and reduce burn out, which was officially recognised by the World Health Organisation as a workplace phenomenon in May 2019.
“It increases productivity and focus, and lets you fall in love with your job again and allows you to step back, take stock, and ensure your work and life are aligned with your values and aspirations,” says Shrivastava.
“By encouraging your team to take leave, the organisation is showing that it cares about its people. This means happier, more loyal and engaged people who are motivated to help the business achieve its objectives,” concludes Shrivastava.