The Importance of Taking Time Off as a Business Owner

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and ready to break? Is building your business sucking your soul away? Are people brushing off your exhaustion and saying that it’s all a part of the game? I am here to tell you that you have the right to a proper and healthy work-life balance.

As a business owner, I understand how daunting it can be to build and operate a business, especially when just getting started. It can lead to burning the candle at both ends with no hope for reprieve. BUT, it doesn't have to be that way! Read on to learn the dangers of burning out, the importance of taking time off, and how you can successfully plan a vacation.

The Dangers of Burning Out

You have likely heard of the phrase “burnout” in the workplace. It is a specific type of work-related stress often caused by physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that stems from long work hours and a lack of work-life balance. Obviously, "burnout" isn't a pretty term, but what it leads to is even less lovely. Mayo Clinic reports that unaddressed burnout can lead to:

  • Excessive stress

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Sadness, anger, or irritability

  • Alcohol or substance misuse

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Type 2 diabetes