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All Work and No play

Are you a workaholic burning the candle at both ends or are you married to your job? You work so hard and you don’t have time for leisure? You’re letting those vacation days pile up? You may be setting yourself up for some serious health problems.

Take time out to socialize, you will feel better when you get together with friends, enjoy a change of scenery or share some laughs. Almost everyone has too much to do everyday but a time out of work is to give your self time to "chill out" to refresh. 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull a boy' is a popular proverb which means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.

Most women are masters at putting others at the top of their “to do” list. I don’t blame women that is the way we have being programmed as mothers and wives, we feel guilty if we take time for ourselves. We can’t be convinced that doing something we want to do is just as important and valuable as doing something we have to do.

Taking time off work to go on holidays is a source of relaxation and way to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and emotional well-being. It can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you to others and the world around you. It also makes your work more productive and pleasurable by the time you come back from your trip.

In our hectic lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for ourselves. When we do carve out some leisure time, we're more likely to zone out in front of the TV or computer than engage in other recreational activities. We must not take ourselves so seriously and make our life all about work. We all need to play sometimes; endeavor to live a balanced life, play hard as much as you work hard.

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Taking time to play can boost your energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to disease, helping you feel your best.

By Hilda Oti

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