Have you taken time to wind down?

Why taking a break is crucial for your wellbeing.

Leah Heath

Wellbeing Advisor

July 4, 2022

Since the pandemic, many of us have been working from home more often. As a result, it can be easy to forget to take some proper time off for rest and recuperation. Now, we are midway through the year, and so it’s a good time to remind our community of how taking breaks from work can help to ensure that our wellbeing remains positive.

Work-related problems can affect anyone. In fact, Bupa UK have estimated that over 800,000 people in the UK experience work-related stress, depression or anxiety. It’s true that work can get on top of us from time to time, but taking breaks is a way in which we can help this.

Spending time away from our jobs can help alleviate the risk of work getting too overwhelming. It is important to rest, relax and recharge so that we continue to work at our optimal capacity.

Annual leave is crucial to promote good wellbeing in all of the key areas; mental, physical, financial, social and environmental. It is also vital in improving an employee’s work-life balance. On an individual level, it can result in stress reduction and improved mood. Within a workforce, having staff members whose wellbeing is positive will benefit employee morale and contribute to a higher quality of work.

The risk of employees not taking their annual leave is that their workplace stress will develop into burnout which is “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress”. Adversely to the positive effects of taking annual leave, the dangers of neglecting it are that it can result in a lack of engagement, a drop in efficiency, increased absenteeism and more mistakes at work, which contributes to a health and safety issue in the work place.

This month we have worked with our mental wellbeing partners, Thrive, to bring you our best tips and tricks on how to make sure that we are taking the necessary precautions to nip work-related stress in the bud. Keep an eye out over the course of this month!


Why holidays are good for employees’ health | Bupa UK

Why annual leave is important - Employment Law Solutions