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25 signs you need a break

by LaurettaCWright
25 signs you need a break

We’ve all done it – putting milk in the cupboard and cereal in the fridge, entering a room and forgetting what you went in for (a specialty of mine) and getting irate when having to queue. But according to Best Western, these are all key signs you need a break.

The study of 2,000 people revealed swearing more often, repeatedly hitting snooze on the alarm and forgetting a loved one's birthday were also common signs of stress, along with having a messy house but not wanting want to tidy it and eating more and more comfort food.

On average, people will put up with five different signs a break is needed before they will actually commit to going somewhere nice.

Indeed, one in five of those polled will wait until absolute breaking point before booking a short break. Other signs a rest might be a good idea include shouting at the telly more often and secretly wanting to dislike photos on Facebook when friends share their holiday snaps.

Key findings included:

  • In order to feel suitably refreshed, a break should last an average of four days
  • The most popular region to visit would be South West England, closely followed by Scotland and North West England.
  • Once back home those surveyed feel refreshed for six days on average and they wait around seven months before going away for their next break.
  • The biggest barrier to getting away is finances, followed by not being able to get time off work and family commitments.
  • On average the longest period people have gone without taking a long weekend is two years and three months.
  • And sadly, 8% of those surveyed have gone without a break for 10 years or more at some point in their life.

25 Signs you need a break


  1. The house is messy and you have no motivation to tidy it up
  2. Start eating increasing amounts of comfort food
  3. Regularly experiencing mild rage when the supermarket queue is taking too long
  4. You enter a room and can't remember what you went into there for
  5. You hit snooze on your morning alarm one too many times
  6. Finding yourself swearing more often
  7. Calling people by the wrong name
  8. Putting milk in the cupboard and cereal in the fridge
  9. You can no longer muster the will to make small talk at work
  10. Spending more time daydreaming than your actual day job
  11. Forgetting a loved one's birthday
  12. Finding more grey hairs
  13. Over-reaction when your computer crashes at work
  14. Shouting at the TV more regularly than usual
  15. Talking to yourself more often, and thinking it is totally normal
  16. Your to-do list looks like more of a novel – and you can't face starting it
  17. You've used up your weekly wine allowance, and its only Wednesday
  18. When you find yourself looking over old travel pictures
  19. Driving past your junction on your way home from work
  20. You've upped your coffee intake by at least three cups per day
  21. Counting down the days until the kids return to school
  22. Secretly wanting a dislike button on social media to use when friends share their holiday pictures
  23. Spending more money on the lottery
  24. Forgetting a colleague's name
  25. Leaving the house with your slippers on


Zena's Suitcase 9th June 2018 - 9:00 pm

I think this list is fab. Regular breaks from work and day to day life are essential to recharge the batteries and to prevent mishaps like leaving the house in slippers 🙂
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LaurettaCWright 10th June 2018 - 7:44 am

Thanks Zena – this did make me laugh. I think I might have done this on a couple of occasions! 😉

MELANIE EDJOURIAN 25th May 2018 - 6:12 pm

Lol, loving the list of reasons why I need a break. I think I really need one if I go by that as I can tick off a fair few x

LaurettaCWright 27th May 2018 - 10:43 am

That’s why we need to take regular breaks right?! 😉

Lucy Dorrington 24th May 2018 - 8:59 pm

I can never get enough breaks, as soon as I get back, I just want another one!

LaurettaCWright 27th May 2018 - 10:44 am

I know what you mean. But it’s quite nice coming home don’t you think? Besides…we always have the washing/ironing to catch up on!

Laura Dove 24th May 2018 - 8:11 pm

Hahah way too many grey hairs here! I so need a break, luckily we have a holiday this week!

LaurettaCWright 27th May 2018 - 10:44 am

Oooh enjoy Laura!!

Kara 24th May 2018 - 6:54 pm

Oh goodness, I can relate to most of these. I wish I had time for a break

Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog 24th May 2018 - 6:33 pm

woweeee! My mummy has a lot of those traits! Oooops. she needs a break thank goodness its half term…oh wait, not that kinda break!

LaurettaCWright 27th May 2018 - 10:42 am

Ha ha! The good thing about half term though is we don’t get the mad rush in the morning!

Helen 23rd May 2018 - 7:42 pm

Ok so it seems I need a break! There just isn’t the time, but planning a holiday soon to force us all to take a bit of a break 🙂

LaurettaCWright 27th May 2018 - 10:42 am

Even if it’s just an overnight stay in a different town – it can do you wonders. Groupon have got some great deals for one-night stays – you should have a look!

hannah 25th February 2018 - 7:47 pm

I can definitely tick a few of these off. It’s really important to take a break, sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough rest

LaurettaCWright 25th February 2018 - 11:27 pm

I wholeheartedly agree with this – we run ourselves into the ground and wonder why we get ill (I’m very guilty of this!) – so wise words and something I need to pay attention to myself.

Anki 13th June 2016 - 7:08 am

Great piece of information, the reason I started to blog is also kind of similar, I was getting too comfortable in my routine life, there was no thrill left, no enthuse at all. I needed some excitement in my life and blogging gives me that. Sometimes all we need is a break from our daily life, this post makes me realize this even more, loved it!!

admin 13th June 2016 - 7:16 am

Thanks Anki – do you know I was just thinking that this morning – how blogging offers a ‘release’ from daily stress… I was actually thinking it’s quite therapeutic! Thanks for the comment ?


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