Reasons why you should consider taking some time off:
1 A chance for self-discovery
Perhaps you’ve spent the last 10 years in an office and you’ve forgotten what life was like before it all. A short mid-career break is an opportunity for you to rediscover your passion. Maybe it’s travelling, volunteering, or if you want to stay close to home, picking up that paint brush or finishing the draft of that romance novel.
2 Get out of that rut
Humans are creatures of habit and getting out of that 9-to-5 work week routine, even if it’s only for a short time, can work wonders in reviving your spirit. Fewer work responsibilities means that you can focus on yourself and explore what makes you happy. You could even try ticking off a few bucket list activities that you’ve always meant to get to but never found the chance once you started working. Perhaps it’s helping to build a school, teaching English or road tripping across the United States.
3 Rest, relax and recharge
Burnout is a very real thing, so taking a break can be a useful preventative measure. Taking some time to concentrate on a hobby or interest of yours will recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your mind and body. And once your time away is up, you’ll feel energised and excited to return to work.
4 Don’t regret not doing it
It’s widely acknowledged that you regret the things you didn’t do, rather than those you did, particularly in regards to travelling and all the experiences that come with exploring the world. So be brave and take the plunge into the unknown – that’s the exciting part. If you keep telling yourself you’re too busy with work and you’ll do it later, it’s likely that you never actually will. So while you’re still young and have the desire and savings to travel the world, why not do it?