Making Time for Your Time Off

Vacations are either something you are intentional about or you shy away from - depending on your relationship with “time off”. 

If you’re a business owner or high level executive, you might make excuses as to why you “can’t” take the time off. And even if you do take a day, weekend or week away - it’s likely you are still partially connected to work. 

A key ingredient for reaching new levels in your business and your health is vacation. On this episode I’m talking about why taking time off will improve your health and well-being AND the success of your business, the only way you truly reap the benefits, and how you can make it a part of your business plan so it isn’t the thing you do only when you’ve hit complete and total overwhelm.

Your ACTION homework for today is to identify what’s holding you back, debunk the excuses you are using and get some “health breaks” on your calendar before the end of the year. 

Are you thinking of investing in yourself and your business/career by joining a mastermind or coaching program? Look no further than the Ascend Mastermind. This is an advanced mastermind program for women entrepreneurs and business leaders who are ready ascend to a new level in their business/career with the support of a healthy lifestyle. Enrollment is open right now!

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Why the excuses you have for not taking time off are B.S.

  • The reason you should deliberately plan breaks rather than just grab them when you can.

  • Hear about a study that explores American attitudes toward taking breaks and how a shocking number of people choose not to take them.

  • Learn the health benefits of taking breaks, and how you can be negatively impacted if we don’t.

  • How to get comfortable (and started) scheduling your time off

Other highlights from the show:

- What new and current students can expect out of Kelly’s upcoming Ascend Mastermind.

- The reason Kelly chose to “disconnect” on her mountain retreat over the weekend and how it benefited her.

- Why Kelly sees balancing work, life and health as a marathon, and how that should affect your pace.

- How our modern world of constant connection to email and social media puts us into vicious little dopamine-release cycles that are difficult to break away from.

- Why an extended break can be just what you need to get your creative juices flowing—just be sure to turn your phone off!

- A study that shows that time off improves performance and retention


“Take a moment to just reflect and think about where you are at and where you want to go.”

“It’s okay to take some time away for yourself.”

“Life is effing short, and that alone should be reason enough to take the time to enjoy it.”

“Rest is a performance-enhancer, not an inhibitor.”

“There’s a sense of guilt and shame about totally disconnecting.”

“There are other elements to a healthy existence outside of your career or your business.”

“If you’ve got big goals for your career or your business, it’s time to take these breaks.”

“Start viewing self-care time or health breaks as a non-negotiable and as part of your business plan.”

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