With the strained economy, many people are foregoing their vacation time altogether. Whether it is the fear of losing their jobs, lack of discretionary funds, or too much work, the number of people racking up unused hours of vacation is on the rise.
While you think foregoing a vacation is the best answer in the long run, there are many unrecognized benefits that make taking a vacation important. Here is a look at five reasons you need to take time off, even just for a few days a couple hours away.
1. Vacations Can Improve Your Health
Stress is a killer — literally. Stress is linked to a number of health problems and conditions. Some of the more serious ones include heart attack, stroke, weight gain, and high blood pressure — just to name a few. Taking an annual vacation gives your body the much needed time to relax and unwind, which can help heal the ill-effects of a stressful work environment.
2. Time Off Can Improve Productivity
Not only can a vacation help with your health, it can increase your productivity once you are back at work. Taking a week off to recharge the batteries can help you return to work feeling more calm, relaxed, and not as overwhelmed. Getting away can also give you a fresh perspective on your work, helping improve your mindset and productivity.
3. Stimulate the Senses
By going somewhere new, your senses are stimulated. Whether it is the visual sight of new places or the smell of the fresh ocean breeze, your senses are heightened and your mind is active in a new environment. Focusing on something other than work will also give your body time to unwind and decompress from the normal daily stressors.
4. Improve Relationships
Studies have shown that women who take at least one annual vacation per year are twice as happy in their marriage as those women who don’t get away as often. Use vacation time to focus on your family and relationships and you are likely to strengthen those bonds. Often times, we let everyday life cloud what is truly important and taking time away is a great reminder of what is truly important.
5. Make New Memories
One of the best reasons to vacation is to make new memories with your family and friends. As we age, the memories we have made with loved ones are of great comfort. While making new memories may not be essential to your physical health per se, they certainly can help your mental health. Focus on those memories from your recent vacation when you feel overwhelmed and anxious at work.