Seems in these tough economic times, more administrative employees are working harder and longer than ever. All the more reason to take that much needed vacation. Sometimes, all you need is a few days off to recharge your batteries and relieve the stresses and tensions that accompany work.
Stress can be very hard on a person, both physically and emotionally. In the long run, it eventually inhibits your ability to perform your best work, so both employee and employer suffer.
If your doctor says your elevated stress levels are endangering your health, you need to take some time off—regardless of deadlines or the need to get out the "TPS Report." While taking a stress leave might make your boss and your co-workers think you "can't hack the job," it's better than being rolled out of the office in a gurney after you've suffered a heart attack or other physical breakdown.
If you can't seem to break away for a short vacation or a few days off, you might try to manage your stress with exercise, yoga or meditation techniques.
If all else fails, talk to your boss and let him or her know that a stress leave/break will make you a better employee. You have to convince him or her that you really need the time off for the good of your health and that when you return, you'll be able to work harder and faster.
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Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, TV/film entertainment, restaurant reviews and many other topics. As a former Andy/Belding/One Show ad agency copywriter, he also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients. Please see more of his blogs and view additional job postings on Nexxt.