4 Signs You Need a Vacation

Have you ever looked down at your outfit and seriously tried to remember, “Did I wear this yesterday?”
Then you could probably use a vacation.
We zoom through life, trying to finish one project just so we can start the next one. We run ourselves down. We hurt ourselves. We overwork ourselves, don’t get enough sleep, and don’t take the time to take care of our bodies. Most of us don’t take a break until our bodies give us no choice… i.e. our immune system crashes and we get sick.
Would you rather spend 3 days staying in a nice hotel suite in a new city and exploring, or would you rather spend 3 days sneezing and coughing on your couch? Seems like a pretty clear choice. Here are 5 signs you need to step away from your desk (drill, counter, or whatever you have to step away from at your job) and take a vacation.

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You feel like you’re too busy to take one
If the idea of taking a break makes you stress out, chances are you need a break. No one is that important that they can’t take a few days off. If you make an organized plan beforehand, a vacation shouldn’t leave you feeling behind and stressed out when you return. Before my last vacation, I was pulling double duty at the office, covering my workload and a large part of my bosses (who was out of town for a month on a family emergency). My plate was so full, I was nervous to call her and remind her I had a trip planned. When I told her it was too late to cancel she told me, “Don’t you dare.” Because even working double duty, I’m not so important I can’t take a break. And guess what? Nothing exploded and no one died at the office the few days I was gone.

You feel tired all the time
If you are constantly yawning even when you get a full night’s sleep (rare as it may seem to happen) you need to take a break. Mental exhaustion is no joke. When your brain is constantly foggy and you feel like you never get enough rest, you need to take a break. Studies show breaks increase productivity. I remember during college I would spend hours at the library with my friends working on a project. When we’d get to the point we felt brain dead, we’d take a break… Midnight run to Walmart, search every building and vending machine on campus for a particular form of liquid crack/ study fuel (I prefer Rockstars), hit up the drive-thru at the nearest McDonald’s… We would break for an hour or so and come back with our brains reset and a fresh perspective. Once you step away, you give your brain the chance to reset and refresh.

You are extra irritable
Does your coworker’s typing seem louder than usual? Does a wave of annoyance wash over you when your work phone rings? Well, it may be because you need a reset. When you are over-stressed and exhausted it starts to show in your behavior. No one wants to be around a cranky person…especially at work.

You used to love your job but lately dread it

Two months ago you loved your job. You found yourself finding solutions to work problems in your dream. You talked about it at parties. You couldn’t wait to see the end results of certain projects!
And then something happened. Work didn’t necessarily change but your feelings about it did. You find yourself turning your computer off at 4:58 p.m. Every day is just one day closer to the weekend. You hate when someone brings up work or asks you about your job outside of work. (Ugh, I don’t want to talk about it). Sure, sometimes this is a sign that it’s time to make a change, but most of the time it’s just a sign you need to take a vacation. We are human beings; too much of anything can burn you out. I love green smoothies, but I can’t drink the same recipe every day. I love my friends and family, but I need my Thursday night me-time with Shondaland. Even at the best jobs, you can’t be on 24/7/365 or you may go crazy.

If you agree with just one of the above items, chances are you need a break. A real break. Unplugged and unreachable. Step away from the work and towards some relaxation.

I know that a dream vacation may seem like an unattainable goal, but if you don’t have money for a flight you can still take a break from work without breaking the bank. For tips on how to vacation on a low budget, check out my article: How to take a vacation when funds are low.


  1. Alisha Barbara

    Yes I have looked at my outfit and questioned if I wore it yesterday!!! I really needed to read this post so much of it rings true! Why not enjoy time off rather than be sick and stress more because we are taking unplanned sick leave!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 xx

  2. Kitty

    I completely agree. We are currently dealing with all of those statements, so we are planning time off the grind. Great tips!

  3. beckyginther

    The last three are so true for me. Good thing I’m leaving on vacation in less than two weeks!

  4. Alyssa

    hmmm, half of your post says I need a vacation! haha! vacation is great, but sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation! (;

  5. katielovelyy1

    What if I feel like I ALWAYS need a vacation? Haha! But a lot if these are definitely me right now, I may need to take one soon!!

  6. girlonthemoveblog

    I think this post is a great reminder that we could all benefit from taking some time to consider if we need a vacation…which is very different from traveling! I travel a fair amount for work and I’ve had to learn the difference between work travel and vacation travel!

  7. Dia

    That is so true! I went to Blogher last month and while it was amazing it was kind of a work trip because I was going non-stop. I made sure that I took an extra day just to sight-see and just relax and eat real nyc pizza in my hotel room. I hope you have a great trip.

  8. Dia

    Hahah I have a few days like that but even taking a personal day consisting or netflixing and napping I tend to feel a little less frustrated when I return.

  9. Dia

    I’ve had those vacations when you had so much fun or did so many activities you didn’t really get any rest! I do think there should be a transition period to returning the real life, like half days for a week lol

  10. Dia

    I hope you have a great time! 🙂

  11. Leah

    Yes. Yes, yes, yes to all 4. I need a vacay!

  12. Christina

    Based on that- I could totally use a vacation. Hahaha. All those apply to me. But seriously- if we could get away, we would.

  13. ananda

    so true! i have experienced all these 4 signs at various times !! =)

  14. Dia

    Sometimes you just need a stay cation . Just a day to step out of the ordinary and relax.

  15. Cori

    Yes, yes, yes, oh yes, do I need a vacation!!!

  16. Candy

    I’m over due from reading this. Come on end of June.

  17. Jenny

    Hubby’s been traveling a lot and I definitely need a vacation!

  18. The Southern Stylista

    I totally need a vacation! I’m in the planning stages of two for this summer with my hubby and I couldn’t be more stoked about it!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  19. Angie Scheie

    Hmm, it’s like you knew I’d be reading this with blurred vision, a foggy head, and impaired mental state from extreme tiredness. So tired!!! Man, there just isn’t enough time in the day. Having a job and blogging and trying to keep up with the extra stuff is r.o.u.g.h. I think the key is taking a vacation away from home. I actually get quite a few days off but then I spend it working on the blog or catching up on stuff I didn’t get done other days. You’re right…I need a vaca!!

  20. Roxy

    Welp, I checked off all four of this with GIGANTIC check marks. I’d love to be able to get away and genuinely worry about nothing. At this point, I’d even take a staycation. Several days off work, maybe a little time at the spa, and lots of sleep!

  21. Jessica

    I used to work for a couple who immigrated here from Europe and they would take 4, yes, 4 vacations a year (just like everyone does in Europe). I wish Americans would learn the value of taking a break and how vital a vacation can be for your sanity!

  22. Dia

    I couldn’t agree more! You need to recharge. This 5 days a year shit is not happening.

  23. Dia

    Yes people don’t understand us bloggers pretty much never have a day off. Even out of town I HAVE to take my laptop.

  24. Dia

    Roxy I feel like you are like me and at a staycation you’d still end up working on blog stuff.

  25. Dia

    Is it work traveling? Because that’s not as fun. I hope you two can have a getaway together soon

  26. Dia

    I need one so bad. If I could just get away for a weekend. That would be awesome right about.

  27. Liz Mays

    The inevitable dread of work…yes! That has always been how I knew my husband needed one!

  28. Dia

    You shouldn’t wake up feeling like, “oh no I have to go there everyday.”

  29. Dia

    Haha me too!

  30. Dia

    Haha I am on the same page.

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