The Importance of Taking Time Away from Work

Take a Break

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Blog by Chris O'Grady

Mental health is a concern for working people, especially with the increased stresses of modern life. It is important to be aware of your own mental state and ensuring you have the right balance between work and home life.

Day to day – like many of us – I work hard and am committed to my job. Providing an excellent service to my clients and candidates. I would like to see myself as someone who always goes that extra mile to ensure high standards are always met. What can I say I am a good guy. Recruitment is a particularly tough industry – it’s not a 9 to 5 job as many think. It is often something you do outside of work,  just as much as inside work. Fortunately for me - my fiancé is extremely understanding and appreciates how seriously I take my job. That being said, it’s really important for everyone to remember to put the phone down and enjoy life as it is, putting work aside.

Glastonbury Tor

Outside of work you will find me enjoying downtime with my fiancé and my two boys. I live in Glastonbury and am blessed with the surrounding nature and beauty of Somerset. As a family, we enjoy nothing more than letting the kids run wild – enjoying the outdoors as it should be. Sport is also a great get away from the hustle and bustle of working life for me and my family. On Sundays, we enjoy supporting my eldest boy who plays rugby with his team at TOR RFC Under 8’s.


One of my biggest passions in life is fishing. I love all things fishy. I love Carp, Pike and Course angling but as long as I have a rod in my hands – I am a happy chappy. Juggling family and work to maintain the correct balance is tough which means I don’t always get as much time on the bank as I used to. But when I do, I am more excited than ever and appreciative of the time to relax whether fishing on my own, with my friends or with the family. Its great if I can drag my Dad along who is responsible for starting my obsession with fishing – but he himself is also a very busy man in work. Fishing is a great way for me to reset and switch off from the day to day.

My biggest piece of advice to everyone who works hard all week, it would be to set aside enough time for you and your loved ones to enjoy life. Set goals in and out of work and challenge yourself to be the best you.

Darcy Associates is a great place to work and is built around a fantastic team who are all likeminded people. While work can be stressful at times, having a great team around you helps you realize that sometimes there is more to life than working.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts, if you would like to chat more about what I can do in work for you (exceptional recruitment for the construction sector) or even a good chinwag about fishing – give me a call in the office on 01172140052.