Posted by: healingtheworkplace | October 3, 2015

Do You Need A Career Detox?

Do You Need a Career Detox?

According to the dictionary a detox is a period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. You may need a career detox if you are working in a toxic environment or have adopted unhealthy behaviors that are stressing you out or dragging you down.

I’m a firm believer in the importance of detoxifying my body and once or twice a year and I use the Wild Rose Herbal Detox program. This detox program helps eliminate toxins that accumulate in the body. The Wild Rose Detox doesn’t restrict calories but does require a conscious decision to cut out refined sugars, refined flour and dairy for a 12 day period.

According to the Mayo Clinic website “many people claim to feel better after detoxification…perhaps, due in part to the fact that a detox diet eliminates highly processed foods that have solid fats and added sugar. Simply avoiding these high-calorie low-nutrition foods for a few days may be part of why people feel better.”

I hadn’t considered a career detox until I read about the concept in an article while I was visiting family in the UK. Since then I have noticed the words career detox popping up in various articles and blog posts.

The benefits of engaging in a period away from work are many and include:

  • renewed energy
  • feeling revitalized
  • improved focus
  • reduced stress.

The list of reasons for detoxing will be different for all of us.

Vacations used to be a time for recharging but in recent years many of us don’t take our full vacation opting instead to be paid out. And when we do manage to get away we are usually with family or friends leaving little time for reflection. If this is the case you may need to set aside time to focus on the health of your career!

Do you need a career detox? Here are a 4 questions to get you started:

  1. Are you finding it difficult to motivate yourself to get out of bed in the morning?
  2. Do you find yourself feeling frustrated or angry when things don’t go your way at work?
  3. Do you lack energy for the things that used to excite you?
  4. Are you experiencing more stress than usual?

If you answered yes to all or most of these questions you may be in need of a career detox!

Your detox can be any length of time but ideally it will allow you space to reflect on where you are in your career, what you need to change to improve things in the short term, and where you may want to go next.

The Dynamic Introvert

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