Respite involves a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
The type of rest or relief needed in highly stressful times is not a weekend get away, although such is helpful along the way. The type of rest or relief needed involves time away from all responsibilities associated with the difficult or unpleasant situation.
The greatest challenge is recognizing when this period of rest or relief is needed. Identifying those times in our lives can be subjective and may require assistance from others who are close to the situation.
Regardless, it is vital for leaders to identify these times and take respite.