“Burnout is real and has a negative effect not only on mental health, but also on job performance.”  These were the cautionary words of Aflac’s 2022-2023 report on employee well-being and mental health.

According to Forbes, factors contributing to this are high inflation, looming layoffs, and the fear of holding on to jobs. Driven to work harder and show commitment to their work, many workers have sacrificed paid leaves. A Pew Report survey seems to validate this: 46% of Americans said they take less time off than they are allowed. Sounds familiar?

Break free from burnout

Physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. Reduced productivity. Feeling cynical or detached from work. Lack of motivation. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you’re already burned out. The good news is you can break free. The solution: take a vacation. The Harvard Business Review pointed out that rest and time away increases resilience, helping you better deal with challenges. A change in scenery also provides fresh perspective helping you unlock solutions to problems. Best of all, going on vacation gives you a chance to pursue other life goals, like spending time with family and seeing the world.

Making the most of your vacation

Before you run to the nearest exit and leave everything behind, the Harvard Business Review suggests some tips to help you make the most of your vacation.

1. Plan ahead – If you can, schedule your vacation at least 3 months in advance. The psychological distance allows you to think of the big picture. The less lead time you have to plan the more likely you won’t take it.

2. Take a week off – It often takes a day or two to stop thinking about your email, projects, and teammates. Which is why you need at least a week’s vacation. No need to worry about shifting back to work mode after a day or two.

3. Go somewhere – anywhere – Get away from home and from your other responsibilities. Create physical distance from the familiar so you can reset, refresh and rejuvenate.

4. Prepare your colleagues and clients early – Ensure your work is covered during your absence by coordinating with your supervisors. Make sure there are people who can handle your duties while you’re away. Mentor them for the task. If you have clients, introduce the person who’ll take on your task. So when your client needs assistance they know who to turn to.

Saving for your vacation

When it comes to saving for your vacation, planning ahead is just as important. From setting your travel goals to creating a sinking fund where you would set aside some money each month for your travel, to cutting down expenses so you could put it toward your vacation. All these add up to make your vacation a reality.

Want to know you can grow your money for travel and other life goals? Talk to Financial Rescue’s licensed agent’s partners. We can help you find investment options so you can have the resources to enjoy your well-deserved break. It’s time to reward yourself!