Why you should master the art of ‘switching off’ on holiday

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Why you should master the art of ‘switching off’ on holiday

Many of us are guilty of checking our work emails when it’s outside working hours, but what about when we go on that well deserved break?

A recent survey conducted on 1,000 British adults found that 9 in 10 people take an electronic device with them on holiday. Apparently we’re so reliant on our electronic devices that 65% of respondents would return home if they had forgotten a gadget. Even more surprisingly, 1 in 4 respondents from the survey take their laptop on holiday with the intention of doing a full day’s work.

Needless to say, switching off from work is extremely vital to your mental and physical health. Dr Beth McQuiston suggests that ‘switching off’ and leaving work in the office when on annual leave can lower your stress hormones, decrease mental burn-out, optimise the level of Serotonin and Dopamine - the chemicals in our brain responsible for our happiness. Not working on holiday has also been found to boost productivity when back in the office. Here are some top tips to ensure you don’t fall into the same routine and help towards ‘switching off’:

  • Turn off email notifications for your work account
  • Schedule calendar reminders in your colleague’s diary to ensure everything gets done
  • Make sure you spend time before your holiday on a water tight handover
  • Let clients and colleagues know that you’re going on annual leave and won’t be available
  • Consider taking one long break each year – rather than a few mini-breaks

Don’t forget Pulse offer ample holiday allowance and a great work-life balance, to view our latest internal vacancies click here.

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