Are you avoiding a vacation? Many small business owners only focus on what is on their to-do list, and if vacation isn’t on that list it ends up getting skipped. But taking time off of work and getting some rest and relaxation is essential when you’re growing a business.

Working all the time isn’t good for your overall well being or your business. When you’re constantly under stress, your brain is responding as best it can to the fight-flight instinct.

This response elicits specific brain chemical reactions including:

  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Dilation of coronary arteries
  • Dilation of bronchial tubes
  • Increased in the force of your heart contractions
  • Increase in gastrointestinal mobility
  • Increase in rate and depth of respiration

Over time, the effects of these chemical reactions can be cumulative and can lower your immune response, increase your blood pressure and create muscle tension. In short, working all of the time and being stressed can literally make you sick.

Vacation is healthy. Vacation and time off can help your physical body, but it can also help you be a better business owner by improving your productivity and creativity.

According to clinical psychologist Francine Lederer in an ABC News article, “Most people have a better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their goals after vacation, even if it’s just a 24-hour time out.”

Take advantage of your 24/7 answering service! Taking time off may seem impossible – but with an answering service it is entirely doable. It all comes down to planning and delegation. You need to plan to take time off, and then delegate to key team members to take care of business while you’re away.

If you aren’t using an answering service yet, maybe it’s time to consider it. Answering services can be an essential delegation tool and allow you to take a few days – or weeks – off from your business for much needed rest and relaxation.

Peace of mind. When you delegate your incoming calls to a professional answering service, you have the peace of mind that you need to take your vacation. You can set up a series of contingency plans based on the callers’ needs. For example, your answering service can screen incoming calls and relay them to other members of your company depending on the need. If a situation requires your personal attention, your answering service can offer a secure voicemail line to callers that you can check a few times a day. This way you’re free to enjoy your vacation without worrying about missed calls.

Vacations are essential to your physical health as well as your businesses’ growth. Make them happen by delegating to an answering service.