A Workaholic’s Guide to Relaxing on Holiday

There’s a big difference between having a strong work ethic and being a workaholic. In this post we consider how workaholic’s can relax away on holiday.

When you have a strong work ethic, it means you have a strong sense of responsibility, you put in your best effort, and you care about the quality of your work; but you also understand the importance to recharge and give yourself the time to do so. Workaholics, on the other hand, have a hard time taking breaks, stopping themselves from working and relaxing.

Using your holiday time to relax and recharge is important for your physical and mental health and for your overall productivity at work. No one can operate on full speed all of the time without eventually burning out, and that’s neither good for you or your team.

So if you find yourself having trouble relaxing and not working when you go on holiday, take a look at the infographic below from Lloyds Pharmacy OnlineHealth. It walks you through how to prepare for your holiday so leaving work is less stressful, tips on how to avoid the temptation to work when you’re supposed to be relaxing, and how to settle back into work again after your holiday


To recap for you:

  • Plan your final working week to make sure important tasks are completed
  • Handover important tasks to colleagues well in advance and start to wind down your workload
  • During your holiday have a cursory scan of your emails and get stuck into activities you find enjoyable and stay off your smartphone
  • When you return from holiday schedule time to go through your emails and prioritise them
  • Leave your out of office message on to prevent influx of requests from colleagues
  • Schedule some continuing relaxation time like running/swimming/reading a book to maintain that holiday feeling for longer while easing yourself back into full throttle through prioritised to-do-lists.

Follow this advice and we bet you’ll feel happier and healthier in your personal life, and find yourself happier, more productive and creative at work too.


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