By Kristin Arzt
Take your idea of a vacation – whether you’re renting a beach house or taking a road trip – and add some fire, molten glass, and beautiful artwork you’ve created. Did we mention you don’t even have to leave town? Take MAKE-cation at The Crucible! Weeklong workshops are a great opportunity to dive deep into a subject area, and learn the theory, principles, and extensive techniques that will help you complete your own projects. And, studies have shown that taking time off from work makes us more creative and productive at work, and healthier and happier people.
1. It encourages creative thinking
Chances are your office is not an ideal place to inspire new ideas and approaches. Aside from the obvious that you will be creating art on a MAKE-cation at The Crucible, taking time off from work is proven to encourage creativity. A recent study by National Institute of Health shows that creativity is not sourced from a dominant “side” of the brain, but it is the product of reduced control over what is happening inside of your mind, leading you to consider new ideas and think more freely. Having a less rigid schedule and taking time off grants your brain space to think creatively.
2. It prevents burnout
It is a both a personal and professional advantage of taking time off to completely detach from work. Allie B. told us after her Glass Blowing weeklong, “I was able to take Glass Blowing without work fatigue, allowing me to completely focus on creating.” Sabine Sonnentag, Professor of Organizational Psychology at the University of Mannheim, found that the inability to disengage from work causes symptoms of work fatigue, which are detrimental to well-being and productivity. Sonnentag also found that detaching from work makes us more productive when at work. After returning from time off, 64 percent of people say that they were ”refreshed and excited to get back to my job.”
3. It makes you healthier
After tracking employees for twenty years, the Framingham Heart Study found that men who didn’t take a vacation for several years were 30% more likely to have heart attacks, and women who took a vacation every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed twice a year.
Join us for a deep dive into creative exploration – out of the office. See below for all of our upcoming weeklong workshops!