The difference between an 'off day' and burn out is significant, as burn out leaves a person with no choice but to mentally go off the radar but a day to detox is one we choose ourselves and thus spend in the way we want.
Taking a day out for yourself in a week does not necessary mean that we have reached our limit and need time off to unwind. It can simply mean that we need to pause and tend to ourselves in order to be more productive throughout the week.
A Mental Health Check Up
There need not be an extreme scenario which calls for taking a break pre/post-nervous breakdown; there can simply be days where you just evaluate your state of being. Whether you feel you 'need it' or not, taking a day to just be can be beneficial in numerous ways.
If necessary, you can journal in your weekly self check-ins and therefore keep a track of your health. Not only will this allow you the necessary space to slowly fall in love with your work again but it reduces anxiety and stress.
A Healthy Mind = A Healthy Heart
A study by the American Medical Association actually reported findings that those who actually indulged in taking days off were 32% less likely to experience complications due to heart disease. Our mental health plays a huge role in regulating our health, blood pressure, and strain on our heart, without us being aware of it.
Survey Your Surroundings
Taking time off will not only give you a much needed mental cleanse but it also gives you a chance to marvel at the world around you and appreciate your surroundings. By pausing and allocating some time of our day to looking around and observing, we allow ourselves to exist in harmony with our surroundings, savouring the moment and making the most of it. By soaking in the good energy around you, you are more likely to perform better in your social as well as work life.
It's time to put time into things you cannot possibly squeeze into your busy schedule at work. If you want a day off to just relax, it is completely acceptable, or if you choose your time off to pursue other activities such as exercise, taking classes or doing anything else, it works too!
It's a person's choice to do what they please with their time off, establishing a sense of 'space' where they have the option of ultimately deciding what they'd like to do.
The bottom line is, taking a day off is good for you and your business. The correlation between taking breaks in moderation and working shows that employees perform much better after being able to have a breather. With a balanced ratio, the results are profusely beneficial for long-term growth.