Rea­sons why you should con­sider tak­ing some time off:

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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?

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