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Do you need a break from work?

It can be challenging to step away from work, especially if you are in the middle of a big project, hustling to get a promotion, or working for yourself. Work can be addicting and rewarding.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break.

There are almost too many benefits of taking a break to count. Taking time away from work, either for a half-day to spend time outside or a week-long vacation, is beneficial to your mental and physical health, your productivity, and much more.

Here are four signs you need time away from work. Check yourself to see if your body is telling you to step back.

  1. Sleeping patterns. Are you finding it hard to get to sleep every night? Do you wake up multiple times throughout the night? It could be because your brain is too wrapped up in work.
  2. Eating habits. Sometimes stress at work can cause us to binge eat. Or it can have the opposite effect and cause us to not be able to eat at all. Pay attention to when and what you’re eating. If you’re turning to food due to stress or frustration, it could be a good time to take a break.
  3. Health signs. Do you have chest pains, anxiety, or trouble breathing? Are you getting frequent headaches or stomach aches? Often, stress manifests itself in physical ailments.
  4. Emotional signs. Are you constantly in a bad mood or find yourself lashing out at people? Are you laughing less than usual? Feeling down, depressed, angry, sad, or frustrated could be signs that you could benefit from some downtime.

Although taking a break from work can be challenging, the benefits far outweigh the effort. Stay in tune with your mental and physical health, and don’t be afraid to take time away from work.

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