By Bronwyn Ison

A short hiatus is exactly what I needed. Although, I missed writing each week, I really needed to recharge and reset my batteries. The summer months are the opportune time to gain perspective and reorganize. A one-week vacation to the High Sierra’s to one of the most beautiful places on the earth, Lake Tahoe, was blissful. I’ve always appreciated been raised in Tahoe but I was more relaxed on this vacation than any other that I can recall. Returning home I felt calm, cool, and rejuvenated. I am motivated, determined, and have already set a goal to return next summer for a longer duration.

Recharging your internal flame is essential for your overall mind, body, and soul. I’ve always been an advocate of taking a little R & R. Unfortunately, I have met too many people who do not stop and smell the roses. Workaholics often believe they will miss an opportunity or money if they are not working. Both could be true. Have you considered a little relaxation may allow you to be more productive long-term? Research tells us there are a plethora of benefits to taking an adult time-out.

Kick all excuses to the side. We are embodied of why we cannot do something, go someplace, or enjoy ourselves. This is boiling down to self-sabotage, negative self-talk, and believing you do not deserve a break.

As an entrepreneur (and I know several others) we often find ourselves running our businesses seven days a week. Responding quickly to an email, a phone call, or tending to your social media is still considered work. You are not taking a 100 percent break from that four-letter word, W-O-R-K! May I suggest, take one day off per week. Choose the day and go for it!

Our brains need a break. Did you know you are more productive, creative, tolerant, and responsive post a vacation? Your heart needs a break too. Mental and physical fatigue can cause stress, poor decision-making, and counter productiveness.

For all you entrepreneurs, did you know your business could prosper by you not being there seven days per week? By taking a break you can learn a lot about your employees and self. I’m not advocating you take a vacation continuously but your employees will appreciate and value their contributions. Rather than thinking you need to be at your business each day, realize it is just as important to take a break.

If you find you are making poor decisions, have a lack of motivation, you’re becoming frustrated, losing sleep, or your health is compromised… you must take a break. Nothing is more important than your physical and mental health. Be sure to listen to and watch all of the pertinent signs that could lead to burn out. Most importantly… take care of you.

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA (9642)