The last real holiday I had was probably around 18 months ago (I’m not really counting Christmas as we were trying to close our funding round then, so I wouldn’t exactly consider that relaxing!)
To go that long without a break where you don’t really switch off isn’t healthy and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
But, I’m happy to report that last week I took a full week off - physically and mentally.
I could relax properly because right now it doesn’t feel like I’m processing any uncertainty in the business (which is rare for anyone in startups, usually there’s always a level of uncertainty being processed).
It helps when you have a fantastic team behind you which means it’s not nerve-wracking to take a break, and I’m thankful for our team for enabling that.
After 5 years of hard work and building, I’m able to take a proper holiday and completely switch off.
It was such a useful break that I’ve booked another one for August and would (as everyone does in hindsight) highly recommend taking a break right now!