5 Reasons to Take Vacation

 

July is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season for a lot of us.  The children are out of school and we start to think about taking a welcome respite from work to enjoy lazy days relaxing away from our daily routines and responsibilities.  Being away from your work and routine allows the body time to replenish and repair itself.

A Harris poll indicates that only 14% of Americans will take a vacation of two weeks or more this year.  And, according to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports, an astounding 72% of workers said they would check in via e-mail occasionally – if not every day – while on vacation. A vacation is meant to be a restorative time and a protection against the ill effects of stress and physical ailments. So, leave your laptop at home and turn off your smartphone.

When I forgo scheduling much needed vacation time, I can become edgy, irritable, easily distracted and may even experience accompanying physical ailments. That’s why I try to schedule time away from work at least 3-4 times a year.

If you’ve delayed planning time off, it’s not too late. And if you need a little push, here are the top 5 reasons to take a vacation:

  1. Healthier life – According to a study published in the medical journal, Psychosomatic Medicine, taking regular vacations is associated with a longer, healthier life.
  2. Ward off burnout – Vacations can ward off burnout but it takes at least two weeks off to reap the benefits.
  3. Recharge your batteries – Days void of deadlines, schedules and commitments allow you to experience the freedom of unstructured days while giving your mind and body time to rest.
  4. Reconnect with family and friends – A vacation is a great time to reconnect with loves ones that don’t live nearby and at the same time, take in some sightseeing in a different part of the country.
  5. Better sleep – A New Zealand study found that vacationers experience better sleep after taking a break from work and are 30-40% more alert when they return to work.

Aside from the 5 reasons to take a vacation, there are other benefits of taking regularly scheduled time off. Vacations can inspire creativity and clarity.  When you are away from the workplace, your mind is uncluttered and free from distractions that can hinder clear thinking and spontaneity.

Whether your work is in an office, at home or volunteer, a vacation will help you to feel more energetic and productive.

What plans have you made to recharge your batteries this summer?

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Comments

  1. Although I’m clearly a workaholic, I do understand the value of vacations.
    I’ve planned two trips this summer to recharge my batteries.

    • Flora, I’m glad to hear that you have placed a priority on taking care of yourself. And, a vacation away from the day-to-day routine is the perfect way to replenish your body, mind and spirit. Thanks for stopping by.

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