Sleepless nights, bingeing on comfort food and losing your sense of humour are just a couple of the telltale signs you need a holiday.
That’s according to a new study that also revealed how losing your temper with work colleagues or clients, hitting the snooze button one too many times in the morning and getting wound-up by queuing are all indicators it might be time to get away from it all.
Losing your keys, missing a loved one’s birthday and forgetting names also featured on the list of 20 telltale signs you need a holiday.
Spending too long looking at your phone, getting fed up with friend’s holiday pictures on social media and struggling to cope with even the smallest of problems are also on the list, which was commissioned by aloe vera-based drinks company Grace Say Aloe.
The list reads as follows:
1. Little problems seem massive 2. You can’t remember the last time you took a break 3. People keep telling you that you look tired 4. You lose your sense of humour 5. The house is messy but you can’t be bothered to tidy it 6. You can’t get out of bed in the morning 7. You can’t face your to-do list 8. You struggle to sleep through the night 9. You eat more comfort food 10. You get more angry than usual when you are held up in a queue 11. You yawn more often 12. You enter a room and can’t remember what you went into there for 13. Spending more time daydreaming than doing your actual day job 14. You can no longer muster the will to make small talk at work 15. You swear more than usual 16. You lose your temper with colleagues or clients at work 17. You hit snooze more than usual 18. You are fed up of seeing friends’ holiday pictures on social media 19. You find yourself looking over old travel pictures over and over again 20. You oversleep more than once a week
The research revealed that the average adult needs around four holidays per year on varying lenth, and that most people start thinking ahead to their next holiday just 42 days after returning to work.
Commenting on the findings, creativity and empowerment coach Kate Taylor said: “We might be nearing the end of the summer holiday season, but as the research by Grace Say Aloe shows, many of us need those regular breaks in order to maintain positivity and productiveness all year round.
“Sometimes it isn’t a full holiday that is needed, but just a little bit of time to break out from our daily routines, to rebalance and reboot. Even some time away from our mobile phones is all it takes to switch off.
“Many people find they suffer from low energy and tiredness if they work for very long periods of time without taking the time to reboot.”
In these increasingly hectic modern times of up-to-the-minute news and social media, holidays are important with around eight in 10 people surveyed stating they need regular breaks to stay healthy, positive and happy.
When was the last time you had a break?