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53536689 - couple in love riding a motorbikeEveryone needs some down time every now and then. As Americans, we are often afraid to take time off for fear that it will negatively impact our careers. But that truth is, the opposite may be true. When we allow ourselves time for rest and renewal, we are happier and more productive. There’s more to it than the physical. Here’s why:

1. It’s good for your mind. We are used to always being “on” and that demands a lot of brain power to get through the work day. Turning our minds off helps to reset and fosters clarity. In fact many people find that they are more creative upon returning from some time away.

2. It keeps emotions in check. When we are burnt out, emotions are heightened. It’s easy to lash out to a co-worker or spouse and lose self-control. At worst, people might feel like they need to walk on eggshells around you.

3. Your focus can sharpen. When we are too close to things, we lose perspective and are sometimes close-minded to new ideas. On contrast, time away can give you the distance you need to return with a renewed drive and openness to that can serve your business.

4. You may experience overall increased satisfaction. Vacations are good for the soul. When you happy, that spills over into your personal relationships. And improved relations might mean increased sales.

Work-life balance is critical to performance. When was the last time you took time off? If you’re long overdue, why not plan some recharge time? You owe it to you and your business. Whether it’s overseas or just down the street, getting away from the office will serve you well in the long run.