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  • Leanne Kennis

Why You Should Rest and Restore this Labor Day

On my way to a local coffee shop the other morning, I saw a man (he had to be at least seventy) in the window of a sewing/alterations shop. It was early, just before the streets started buzzing with busy commuters, before most stores were open. As I walked by this man in the window hard at work behind his sewing machine, he looked up at me with a soft, worn face…and smiled.

He represents all small business owners.

And just like you, he’s up before most even start their day and works tirelessly, but always with a smile on his face.

Remember, Labor Day, is your day.

No one deserves a break more than you do. And aside from BBQs and a bid farewell to summer, Labor Day is when we celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers, hard workers like you.

If you haven’t already considered closing up shop for the day, here are few reasons why you should call in sick to your boss (yourself). You won’t be alone either because according to The Weber Newsroom, 66 percent of Americans BBQ on Labor Day!

If you can’t close your business because you are in the midst of the busy season, try and do a few of these things to reward yourself.

Sleep in

I am giving you the OK to sleep in without feeling guilty. And I am not talking about your regular recommended 8-hour dose. Let’s go for a solid 10 hours Sunday. Don’t set your alarm clock and just allow yourself to sleep in as late as you need to.

Boost serotonin levels and endorphins

Monday, do something that makes you feel good. This will boost your “happy hormones” (A.K.A. serotonin) and your endorphins. Go for a jog or bike ride, or simply spend time with your loved ones. A yoga class would be an excellent choice because of its centering, restorative benefits. Namaste!

Whatever it is that makes you feel good, do it. Just don’t do anything too strenuous. After all, it is Labor Day. That means no hard physical or mental labor!

Find some quiet time

Take a few moments to reflect on your small business this past year. NOTE: This is the only time on Monday that I am recommending you think about work. Reflect on all of your successes and be proud of what you’ve accomplished! Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture will help you refocus on what is truly important in business and life.

A day off increases productivity

Taking a day or two (maybe more if you can) to recharge your batteries will help you return to work refreshed and refocused. Sometimes, all it takes is a clear mind to tackle a lingering problem efficiently, supercharge your productivity or envision your future success. When you do head back to work, try out some of these time-saving tips.

I hope you will consider doing one if not all of the above this Labor Day. Regardless of your plans, whether you are working or not, take a moment to acknowledge what you’ve accomplished and just how important the fruits of your labor are.

From all of us here at Constant Contact, we hope you enjoy your Labor Day! Thank you for your hard work.

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