“Must be nice.” That’s what Julianne Smith, owner of The Garter Girl, hears frequently when people learn she takes a yearly three-month sabbatical—and has been doing so for 15 years.
“Humans need rest—there are no two ways around it. And while a restorative weekend can do wonders for morale, sometimes life calls for a harder reset in the form of a sabbatical, she explained in an article for Catersource. “Or in the event industry it’s more like a Monday and Tuesday off after a big weekend event. An extended break from your business offers a chance to unplug, step back, and recharge your mental health, which can benefit you and your business.”
Smith doesn’t want your reaction to be “must be nice” —she wants to inspire you to take a sabbatical too, however that looks for you. It’s important to pause long enough to disconnect from the grind.
“When you get lost in the day-to-day hustle of running your business, keeping your clients happy, and trying to have a life outside of your work, it’s easy to lose sight of what your business truly needs and what you need for yourself.” A sabbatical is a great way to prioritize rest and prevent burnout.
Read the full article from Catersource to learn more about why sabbaticals can make you a better business owner, as well as best practices and setting guidelines to get the most out of your break.