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What’s just as bad, is that even when people do manage to get some time off work, many people spend most of the time wound up, thinking about work, or feeling guilty for not being uk canada goose outlet in the office. Pretty crazy right? So with the holiday season looming (well, it’s actually here), it’s time to look at the why and how of taking a break.

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We all know those people at work who moan and grown that they haven’t taken a holiday in five years. Really? No one likes a martyr, so don’t be one. Shifting your mindset is the first really important step and the mindset you need is one of permission. Permission you give to yourself, to just be, to switch off, relax, let go and take that break. The days of slogging your guts out for endless months without a break, hoping canada goose uk shop someone will notice, or having no boundaries with your clients, and killing yourself in the process, are over.

It’s been said that it takes most people around five days into their holidays before they really start to unwind and switch off. What a waste right? Make the decision these holidays to let it all go, fast. Be present and enjoy the limited time you have with family and friends to really relax. You will be back at work canada goose soon enough, don’t worry about that!

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