- Most professionals are subject to immense pressure
- Work-related stress can be caused by poor work design, unsatisfactory working conditions, and lack of support from management
- India is one of the few countries in the world where corporates grant the least number of vacations to their employees
- Your time away from your workplace will rejuvenate your inner spirit
- It also gives you an opportunity to seek for inspiration and explore other avenues
Are you unwilling to wake up in the morning and head to your workplace? Have you been reporting late for work for over two months? Do you see nightmares of your colleagues? Calm down. These are the signs of being stressed about your work life as a whole.
In an era where newer establishments come into existence within a few hours, job jumping has become a rather popular trend. What could be the reasons behind this change in behavior?
Professional Stress – a Current Day Phenomena
Most professionals are subject to immense pressure. Be it a doctor, an engineer or even a teacher. Tight schedules and the expectations of higher authorities often drain people of their energy, zeal, confidence and self-esteem. Moreover, the levels of competition have become intense. As a result, not many people are given the opportunity to pursue a job or a career for too long or are denied of doing so on many occasions.
These thoughts, combined with one’s personal commitments, add to one’s stress levels. The prolonged levels of stress are likely to drive one towards a state of depression. This state of mind can affect a person’s performance, the ability to think rationally and could also harm physically – i.e., sleeplessness, frequent headaches or even fatigue.
Many working men and women often jump jobs in the name of a better learning curve, growth in their careers, achieve a sense of job satisfaction or due to other personal reasons. While the reasons seem meaningful, it could be noted that a person who is stressed often makes decisions that are irrational or too very impulsive. Some individuals are merely lucky to have their most impulsive decisions become the greatest joy of their lives. But some others experience greater levels of stress.
Recent studies have shown that India is one of the few countries in the world where corporates grant the least number of vacations to their employees. Many consider the concept of leaves to be a privilege versus a right. After all, man cannot compete with machinery!
Thus, it is important for one to take some time off their schedules and pursue their hobbies, travel or even catch up on their sleep! Indeed, the spare time should not be extended to the point of joblessness either.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider taking a break:
1. Your time away from your workplace will not only calm you down but would also rejuvenate your inner spirit.
2. It gives you an opportunity to seek for inspiration and explore other avenues. For instance, an IT professional could consider learning mural painting for 20 days. This task could enhance his creative skills and enable him to look at website designs differently.
3. It stimulates your socializing abilities and helps strengthen bonds with those close to you.
5. A break, invariably, makes you more productive at an organization.
How Do You ‘Break-free?’
There are two predominant ways of taking a ‘break’:
2. The sabbatical
1. The Holiday Mood
Who said that you need to wait for a special reason to do things that you have always wanted to do? Holidays or vacations are your right. Claim your days off and stay away from work. This could be a weekly affair or probably twice a week. You must learn to take a vacation for a longer period of time – for about 10 – 15 days as well. In doing so, you are creating an opportunity for you to unwind and gear up for the remainder of the year. You also experience a sense of zeal to perform better than your best and would even value the time spent at your workplace. After all, who wouldn’t be grateful to a company that offers you a chance to enjoy the beaches of Goa or paragliding in Dubai! This is an ideal option for those who wish to pursue their professions (irrespective of their likes or dislikes) so as to earn an income to enjoy life king size.
2. The Sabbatical
A sabbatical is often referred to that phase in a person’s career wherein he or she stirs away from the life of a full-time employee to pursue options that pave the way for alternative career development strategies. You could consider bidding adieu to your company or the life of a working professional and pursue a field that interests you or even a subject that you are most passionate about. This is a good option for those who are unsure of their choices and who are seeking for the opportunity that would guarantee them a great deal of satisfaction, happiness, and balance. These candidates choose to live life king size but define their goals differently. If you wish to do so, you could also consider volunteering at NGOs, traveling, joining social groups or even learn a foreign language. The monetary returns would not match the scales of your previous firm, but the learning curve is bound to be interesting and rewarding.
Remember: You deserve your rest, peace of mind and space. It’s yours and no one else’s.