If you feel guilty for not working until 8p.m. every night or you feel bad using your vacation days, stop. Psychologists say work-related guilt falls in the “unreal” guilt category. It’s simply a projected anxiety and a manipulation by others. You haven’t harmed anyone physically. Your guilt is telling you there’s no value in leisure time. Don’t buy it. Make a conscious choice such as, “I’m not going in the office on Saturday because staying healthy and spending time with my family is a priority. I’ll finish my work on Monday.” Your decision can set you free from the guilt.
If you're a mom, remember the kids will be fine if dad or grandma looks after them while you get a little break. Your health and vitality depend on quality refueling. You won’t have nearly the energy and patience for family challenges if you’re at your wit's end. The guilt is telling you’re not entitled to have a life. Don’t buy it. It’s bogus.