10/10/2012 10:19 am ET

Why It's Important To Take A Day Off

You all know the feeling: you’ve been plugging away at work or school (or both). It seems like forever since you’ve had a day off, a real day off, free from homework or meetings or stress. You’re feeling seriously vitamin-D-deficient because you haven’t felt the sun on your face in what seems like forever. Your feet get itchy to move and you find it harder and harder to focus on the task at hand. Your need to get away is manifesting itself physically, and when that happens there’s only one thing to do. Stop.

I know; sometimes it’s not that easy. Reports are due and deadlines loom, but I’m a firm believer that sometimes the most productive thing you can do for yourself is to do nothing at all. Sometimes the need to get away from your everyday routine is so strong, it becomes a necessity rather than a luxury.

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