5 Signs You Need A Career Break
Why do you wait until you’re sick before giving yourself permission to rest?
Towards the end of my school career I realised that I was often so ill because it was the only way I could give myself a break, minus the guilt.
Many career women simply don’t feel deserving of a break or time off unless they’re at breaking point in their health.
When illness hits you feel guilty, “less than” even ashamed but ironically you now also feel WORTHY of the time out.
It’s like you have to have EARNED the break, this is such an outdated idea but it’s running the show all over your workplace.
Truth is the Universe cannot give you what you desire, if you’re not even willing you give yourself a rest, break or treat anytime you feel like it, not simply when you think you deserve it.
Of course in the corporate arena many employers frown upon sick days or time out, this is made worse by some employers who compare your wellbeing and ability to work , to the office martyrs who turn up to work no matter how sick they are.
You know the types.
Miss Goody Two Shoes who comes in coughing all over the place , getting some sort of “worth” from her own self- deprivation.
But at what cost to her already low self-esteem and poor health Ladies?
(Roman CityGirls take note here, your inner Roman will tend to sacrifice her own wellbeing for the sake of others, leading to a serious decrease in your overall earning potential and self-esteem).
You’re not appreciated any greater for tuning up to work ill anyway.
In fact, like the start of a true romance, the more available you are (to your employers) the less valuable you become.
You’re teaching the world how to treat you so I ask you all this week to treat yourself more kindly, take time out and rejuvenate that bored or exhausted soul of yours, you’ll go back appreciative and more appreciated by your own workplace , so long as you don’t feel guilty!
You especially need to do this NOW if you’re experiencing any of the signs below….
5 Signs you need a career break
1) You’re feeling resentful of your boss, colleagues or tasks.
You’ll know you’re resentful if you’re “bitching” , procrastinating on tasks or simply feeling really negative towards your colleagues and work.
Remember you’re choosing to be there 100% of the time; you’re pissing yourself off before everyone else which has little to do with your colleagues and boss and more to do with you saying “yes” at the expense of yourself all the time.
So wake up tomorrow and take a risk, cancel your agenda, call in sick , reschedule those meeting.
You’ll go back to work really rejuvenated and more in love with your boss & colleagues too!
2) You’re gaining weight.
If you’re stuffing yourself it’s time to get out, for a little while at least.
Food (and wine) is a failsafe way to fill the void that is boredom, but it’s always a reach for instant gratification over longterm success.
What your body’s really saying is “feed me” some creativity, rest or fun woman!
Anything but this dreary place, boring routine and drabbly dressed people. (OK maybe that was me talking!)
Schedule activities that will nurture you during your days off , like massages, art galleries , or cooking.
You can cook up some exciting food to gorge on without the guilt, from one of our celebrity CityGirls , Cynthia Pasquella’s, new cook book: The Hungry Hottie Cookbook (3 exclusive CityGirl Gifts Included if ordered here).
3) You’re considering or amidst a career change.
If you’re hoping to change careers but don’t know where to start there’s no better way than to give yourself some time dedicated to developing your vision.
” A day or two spent in cultivating the vision of what you want will bring your mind into such closeness with the supreme that you will make NO mistake when you begin to act” William Wattles:The Science Of Getting Rich
I have to agree with Wattles, I spent a great many a sick day focusing on what else I might do, so when the time came to act, I was buoyed with faith to jump ship and haven’t looked back.
Spend your time-off reading the biographies of those you admire, visiting inspiring places of simply visualising what you’d love to do next.
Surrounding yourself with who and what you could become is the first step to career transformation!
4) You’re not getting anything done at work.
You’re useless if you’re not productive but more importantly you’re wasting your own precious TIME!
As you sit there staring at those ugly office walls you could be revitalising your potential, body and mind elsewhere.
I know one Teacher who flew to NYC on her 5 sick days, she returned like a new woman!
Try a little voyage and you’ll be back to tip top shape!
5) You feel under the weather.
Notice that this is a last sign you need time off, not the first as your logical mind and bully boss would have you believe!
Make a list of 3 things you’d love to do on your day(s) off and commit to scheduling them in before you’re seriously too ill to enjoy a break for yourself.