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From The Desk: Why It's Okay to Take A Break From Work

From The Desk: Why It's Okay to Take A Break From Work



Are you too busy to take a break from work? Always taking a rain check on that long overdue trip to the Bahamas, because you feel like your company won’t manage a few days without you? Stop right there. Before you start listing down those endless excuses, here are some pointers that might change your mind.

1. Because science says so. Dozens of scientific research done over the past years proved that taking some time off doesn’t only make you healthier, but it also helps your productivity level go up a bar higher. From university studies to online blogs, these sources say one thing: Go get that vacation you deserve.

2. It’s not complicated, really. If planning a one-week vacation cruise makes you more stressed, then why not just go for an overnight staycation? Believe us when we say that a day in your favorite spa can do wonders for not just your body and soul, but also your productivity.

3. Even machines need a time out. Computers, when overused, tend to overheat. So why should you suffer from overwork? Consider taking some time off your work as a way for you to restart—to make you focus more and re-evaluate your goals.

4. There’s more to life than work. More time away from your office means more time spent with your family and loved ones.

5. It doesn’t mean you are lazy. A lot of people associate taking a vacation with playing hooky. It’s actually not. It just proves that you are a responsible individual who knows the secret to a successful work-life balance.


To do or not to do: These lady bosses tell you to just do it.

Anne Espiritu, Head of Global PR for Yahoo!

“Taking a guilt-free and off-the-grid vacation is the best thing you can do for your company and your team. When work gets overwhelming, you run the risk of growing resentful over time–so much so that people avoid walking past your desk and you don't even know it! So pack your bags, cross off one of the exotic beaches on your travel bucket list and check out completely and unapologetically.”

Her quick work escape: “Escaping from work exists more in our minds than our actual whereabouts. My otherwise grueling 45-minute drive to and from work has become a safe and productive space for praying, reflecting, and deep thinking.”


Evelin Weber, multi-hyphenate humanitarian and music business executive

“Whilst I was a banker, I felt guilty for years. I would eat at my desk; run to and fro from the ladies room; leave the desk as little as possible. I was scared—scared to disappoint my bosses and make mistakes. As I got older, I've learned that being scared and tired leads to more mistakes. Now, I'd rather take four days and do something right with a break than rush to finish a project in two days only to take two more days for revisions. Rest and get it right the first time. Your boss, client, and your body will thank you for it.”

Her quick work escape: “These days, it is taking deep breaths and slowing down the heart. Now, I’ve gone from doing more to doing less. It's about efficiency after all.”


Aimee Lagman, Director of Communication for EDSA Shangri-La Manila

“Come to think of it, the only time I take a break is when I travel. I feel at peace because I'm with people I love and it gives me time to rest, discover, and enjoy everything that I've worked so hard for. It gives me a fresh take and whole new approach when I get back to work. It's healthy and everyone deserves it. And at the end of the day, we work so we can achieve our bucket list.”

Her quick work escape: “Since I started training for Ironman Cebu for 2016, my quick escape became out of town trips for long bike rides, races, or training camps. This also doubles as family 'recreations' and quick getaway with friends.”


Original article from Metro’s December 2015-January 2016 issue, written by Anzenne Roble. Photograph courtesy of John Hardy. Check out more exciting stories in the latest issue of Metro available in bookstores and on newsstands for P150. Download the Metro Magazine app for access to all digital editions on your tablet or smartphone, available in Zinio, Android and Apple App Stores. Like Metro on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH).


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