7 Reasons To Take A Sabbatical From Work

Originally published at lmt-lss.com on March 24, 2016.

Taking a break from work is important for your sanity.

At times, the pressure and struggles associated with work gets to you. You often wish you could just stop everything and go away somewhere far off. But while most people wish for it, they don’t think of it seriously. They think it’s impractical to take a break. But that’s why there’s the option to take a sabbatical. Taking a sabbatical from work is perfect. You continue to stay employed, and at the same time, you recharge your batteries and come back with a clear mind.

Here are seven important reasons why taking a sabbatical from work is a smart idea.

1. To meet new people

Taking a sabbatical from work gives you time to take a break from the usual places and people. Instead, you get to go out to different places, make new friends, and connect with people from different walks of life.

2. To focus on your interests

It’s been a while since you’ve paid attention to the things you truly like. A sabbatical can offer you the time to reconnect with your passion and your hobbies. You’ll feel refreshed and alive, and you’ll bring that energy back to the workplace.

3. To get back to being social

When’s the last time you met your friends at a pub or a cafe for a casual catch-up? If it’s been ages, then you know exactly why you need a sabbatical. Take time out of your life to connect with other people. Good relationships can keep you grounded.

4. To travel for new experiences

There’s so much to explore out there. Living in our own cocoon, we don’t see how much diversity and beauty is out there in the form of different communities and cultures. So if you’ve been waiting to step out of your town or city, do it right away.

5. To rejuvenate yourself

Working constantly leaves our bodies feeling rigid and our minds exhausted. Taking a long sabbatical can help you ease up your body and clear your mind of all the stress and worry that typically accompanies working a job.

6. To learn new things

This is the perfect time to put your work aside and learn new things outside of your field. When you’ve a long break, you can indulge in taking new courses or reading books about new and exciting subjects that you’ve never explored before.

7. To spend time with family

Your family lives with you, but only gets to spend a fraction of the day with you. You try to give them time, but you’re just so busy. A sabbatical is the best way to take a break from your routine and spend quality time with the family.

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