Signs That You Need to Relax More
How do you know when you need to make some time to relax? People today seem to want more done in a day—everything is bigger, better, faster. As business owners, we have even more demanding expectations for ourselves. Sleep. In case you don’t think that we have a problem relaxing today, here are some interesting facts for you:
- A survey by Right Management in 2011 concluded that one-third of employees eat lunch at their desk.
- More than half of employees expect to work during their vacations
- The National Sleep Foundation recommends eight hours of sleep for an adult between the ages of 26 and 64.
- A 2013 Gallup Poll tells us that 41 percent of us sleep six hours or less each night on average, which can put us at risk for serious body function problems.
I remember sleeping five hours each night for most of my life just so I could get more done for work during the day and maintain a social life at night. Not anymore! As my age, roles, and responsibilities grew, I plan for seven hours of sleep each night just to enjoy my workday as painlessly and productively as possible. Breaks. Why do so many people prefer to eat alone in their work space rather than in the company of others? I ate lunch at my desk today and caught up on the news because no one else was around. Social norms in many workplaces encourage eating alone. I remember, while I was the president of a small company, asking various people if they wanted to eat lunch together. I‘ll never forget the looks of discomfort and slight fear as my invitees put forth reasons to decline. In fact, an acceptance was so rare so I eventually stopped asking. Was it me? Gosh, I hope not. The declines were probably more about what I represented in my role as a company president—and that most employees were used to eating alone. Vacation. Expecting to work while you are on vacation definitely defeats the purpose. Come on, vacationers. Planning for other people to cover for you might benefit everyone. Vacations exist to help us vacate from work. Two more serious signs that you need to relax more should be remembered. First, how is your physical health? Are you catching colds more frequently? Are you getting sick more often? If you are, then your resistance might be wearing down. It’s a sign of insufficient rest. Second, do you feel mentally healthy? Perhaps that is a loaded question, but are the little frustrations in life getting to you in big ways lately? Have you ever watched someone lose their temper for no apparent reason and wondered why? Sufficient sleep can make a big difference. Eventually insufficient rest in breaks, sleep, or vacations compromises our mental and physical health. Perhaps we should put as much effort into relaxing as we do into our work. If we can recognize the signs that we need to relax more, then more restful enjoyable and vigorous days are in our future. Copyright © John J. McAdam 2015. All Rights Reserved.