How to Take Quality Time Off

With the many commitments, necessities and obligations of daily life, it seems as though we’ve completely disconnected from the idea of downtime. Ask yourself, when did you last go somewhere or do something without bringing along your phone to answer calls, or your laptop to check in on emails?

This mindset has made it difficult for us to truly separate work from personal time. Yet, taking regular breaks to relax and recharge is extremely important for mental health. It replenishes your energy, refreshes your perspective and unleashes your potential to be the best version of yourself. So, here’s how you can take some much-needed quality time off.

Have an Intention

If you have a clear idea of what you want to get out of your downtime, it’ll be more likely that you’ll reach your goals and expectations of how that time is spent. There’s little benefit in doing this on autopilot as you won’t really meet your needs. Knowing what lies ahead also makes the days before your time off that bit more exciting. 

Be Assertive

Time off means time off. There shouldn’t be errands and chores stacked in between, as this just makes it another day and stresses us out even more in the long run. Even if it means putting your phone on silent and hiring a babysitter for a few hours, not having to constantly worry about everything else is what truly makes for quality time off.

That said, you shouldn’t feel selfish for it, either. You can only really give to others what you give to yourself. Once you’ve taken some time to meet your needs, you’ll have more of it available for those around you and vice-versa. If anything, taking time off allows you to be the best you can be for others when you come back.

Go Somewhere

While this largely depends on your idea of quality time, most people can benefit from simply getting out and going somewhere else for a few hours, days or even weeks, depending on your situation. Whether it’s a relaxing campsite out of town or the beautiful luxury island resort of Royal Davui in Fiji, your mind will appreciate the change of scenery. Royal Davui Island in Fiji is an exclusive adults-only resort, so it may just be what you are looking for. For more information, visit

Balance Your Schedule

The best way to incorporate as much quality time off into your schedule as possible, without impacting your productivity, is to create an optimal work-life balance. There are so many things you can do, from tending to a garden to taking a gentle walk or treating yourself to a relaxing yoga class.

You don’t have to fake a sick day to enjoy these activities. They can be incorporated into your routine, thus creating an optimal mindset where you aren’t in work/stress mode 24 hours per day. Having something relaxing to do every now and then also makes the tougher times that stand before it a little easier to get through.

Depending on what your idea of quality time is, find an empty spot in your schedule to enjoy it for a few minutes per day, hours per week or days per month. Either way, it’s important and you shouldn’t feel guilty at all for having it.


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