Having returned to work life for a very brief moment after a relatively longish break, I am often asked how the experience of ‘sitting at home’ was by a lot of women. And the men.. if you must know how they react on the subject… almost always unanimously go.. ‘Oh, I wish I was a woman’ or ‘I wish I could do that’.. :)
The reason I’m writing this post today is the learning that there are so many women out there and perhaps men who have been wanting to take that much needed break from work but haven’t been able to muster the courage to do so. The fear of how life outside of work will be - if they’ll be bored, if they’ll survive, if they’ll be ok.. :)
My two cents of advice for you from my experience is, if you can, you must. A break can do you so much good. Just getting away from the usual, the mundane, focusing on your life, relationships, on what You want to do with Your 24 hours of time is a treasure that work life does not endow you with.
And when you get back into it all, the same mundane seems exciting, getting up in the mornings is no longer a drag, gossiping about the load of work is no longer something you wish to bask in – it’s a new you – recharged, motivated, raring to go, to taste that sweet success that comes with deadlines, meetings, stress, unbearable work load, late nights followed by the results of all that effort.
I guess this was the reason holidays were invented but every once in a while that one month for every 11 months of work is somehow not enough. Sometimes you just need to think of a hiatus as a longer than usual holiday that you must take to find yourself and those dear to you. And if you are in a situation where you can afford to, just do it :)