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Writing for Australia’s Nett magazine Donna Page offers timely advice as we approach Christmas.

The magazine targets small business owners, but her Holidays are good for your health (no longer online) applies equally to knowledge workers.

She writes:

There is no doubt holidays are good for us; studies have linked overwork with anxiety, depression and workplace accidents. But the fact remains that few small business owners take a breather from work.

Does this sound familiar?

As she says, “no leave, no life”. So make a deal with yourself now to take a good break over Christmas.

If you’re in the antipodes, that means to set aside two weeks of summer for rest and recreation. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, take a shorter Christmas break, but make sure you set aside time when the weather is more suitable.