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Here’s Why Entrepreneurs Need to Take a Proper Winter Vacation

Research consistently shows the benefits of taking vacation time, including improved productivity, lower stress and improved mental health.

Successful entrepreneurs work like maniacs. The smaller your company, the greater the pressure to spend sleepless nights to grow it. Although an extraordinary work ethic is the key to entrepreneurial success, vacationing at least every winter matters.


Give your body a break

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Tirelessly working can do a number on your body. Sitting in front of a computer for hours weakens your muscles, contributes to weight gain, and increases your risk of severe health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Recharging your batteries is a nonnegotiable requirement to sustain your hectic entrepreneurial lifestyle. Unwinding for a couple of days or weeks minimizes stress, reinvigorates your body, and gives you the strength to take on more challenges.


Refocus your mind

Going on a winter vacation breaks your usual daily routine, recalibrating your mind. A change of scenery can give you a fresh perspective and help you think of more effective approaches to deal with your pressing business problems.

Taking some time away now and then can be essential to your mental health. For example, studies have shown that the increased sunlight and endorphins of winter sports are tied to lower rates of depression. Stepping back can help you realize what to do and what not to do and end indecision. You may need to go away to get your brain in gear and rationally resolve issues plaguing your operations.


Inspire creativity

Some lingering problems need out-of-the-box thinking. Flying to an exotic destination can inspire you to develop unconventional ideas. Rigid routines and the same old environments can stifle imagination, so do your company a favor and take a vacation to come up with novel solutions.

Immersing yourself in an unknown culture can get your creative juices flowing. Surrounding yourself with people with the opposite psyche and observing their way of life can open your eyes to possibilities. The solutions eluding you may come naturally to specific groups, so be a sponge to absorb new information, and adopt what you see fit.


See your team hold the fort

Wise entrepreneurs work to establish a system enabling the business to run independently. Vacationing allows you to test how your company operates in your absence and evaluate your team’s mettle.

Of course, you must hire the right talent, give them enough responsibilities, encourage them to try the hats you’re wearing, and season them until they can stand on their own feet. You can automate tedious tasks to lighten everyone’s workload and enable them to focus on more important matters.

Giving your employees space to grow and solve problems without supervision provides you insight into the quality of your decisions. Their performance will reveal whether you’ve prepared them correctly and who is self-reliant enough to withstand adversities.


Broaden your horizons

Your business is your baby, but it doesn’t mean your world should exclusively revolve around it. You must grow personally to grow professionally.

Visit foreign places and do things that scare you every winter. Exploring new landscapes and environments can get you out of your comfort zone and build your character.


Make it up to your loved ones

Being an assiduous workaholic is also hard on your loved ones. You may bring workplace stress to the dining table and negatively impact your children’s socioemotional development. The divorce rate for entrepreneurs is higher than the general population.

Striving to grow your business to give your family a better life is commendable, but spending quality time with your loved ones is more admirable. Make winter vacations a tradition to give your family something to look forward to every year.


Hit the road when the first snow of winter falls

Many entrepreneurs are excellent at delaying gratification, so they find it challenging to justify vacations. If you share the same sentiment, think of it as another task you must do to succeed in business rather than a reward for something you haven’t earned.


With a specialized focus on personal success and self-improvement, Jack Shaw’s articles provide actionable steps and valuable wisdom to ignite personal growth. Jack is the senior writer of the lifestyle publication Modded and has also been published in Hella Wealth, Skills You Need, Big Ideas for Small Business and more.


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