Deadline pressures, dwindling resources, longer working hours, endless emails and social media contact are all contributing to higher stress and anxiety levels for busy executives. Many leaders are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and close to burn out. Yet half of Australia’s adults say they feel stressed over their finances, according to the Herald Sun.
Go on Holiday
The opportunity for senior executives to have extended holidays (4 weeks +) are rare. They have been replaced by short getaway breaks and 4 day weekends to recharge their batteries, take some time out and rethink their personal and business strategies. Reducing overheads is of course one of the keys to removing financial stress. Some overheads are fixed while others can be reviewed and reduced. It’s worth a visit to Budget Car Insurance to see just how much you can save with your car insurance. Next to your home, your car is generally your next highest asset. So be sure to get the best protection at the right price.
Get Some Sun
The Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a popular spot for quick executive getaways for a number of reasons.
1. Maroochydore Airport is the gateway to the Sunshine Coast and is located just 10 minutes from Coolum and a 60-70 minute drive from Brisbane. This means a busy executive can leave Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney at the end of the week and arrive on the Sunshine Coast that evening.
2. Reasonably priced accommodation can be found from Caloundra in the south, to Noosa in the north, across to Maleny and Montville in the hinterland. If your preference is sun and surf or hinterland rainforests you will have your choice of 4 and 5-star resorts and serviced holiday apartments. Most airlines offer combined flight/accommodation packages to suit your preferences.
3. Award winning restaurants are scattered throughout the Sunshine Coast, which is renowned for its seafood. So be sure to include a seafood platter for at least one meal of your stay.
4. Pamper packs are also available at many top-class spa treatment centres. Most are open 7 days per week to cater for stressed executives, who want to experience a remedial sports or relaxation massage, body scrub and/or facial. Be sure to book your treatments when you book your accommodation as they are very popular.
As you board your flight to the Sunshine Coast, switch off your phone and change your message to indicate you will be unavailable for x hours. Remind yourself you are on holiday—even if it is only 72 hours.
When you arrive at your accommodation, eat when you are hungry, not just because it’s lunch time. Sleep late, spoil yourself, do nothing. Hide the remote control when you arrive in your room so that you don’t get caught up watching the latest media drama.
As they used to say in Mission Impossible, “Your mission, if you choose to accept it,” is to recharge your batteries, re-evaluate your competing goals, have some time out and make you the number 1 priority in your life—even if only for a few days. Have fun!