Despite this fear of job security and having “too much to do” we put off going on vacation or having too much fun. However, we should be looking to spend our time more wisely or we will miss out on some important things in life. Obviously we do need to work and we can’t always just pick things up and take off for two weeks, but we need to experience vacation.
1. It Helps Reduce Stress
Many people are starting to feel the burnout of the daily work routine and have a lot of stress and pressure on their plates. Unfortunately, the holidays break still seems so far away. Going on vacation can dramatically reduce the stress you’re dealing with. Because you’re stressed out you may not see things clearly and you need a break to bring balance back into your life. Being burned out isn’t good for you, your employer, or your family.
2. You’ll Become More Productive
It seems counterintuitive but it’s true. According to a survey done by Sam’s club we learned that few small business owners ever take a day off. This leads to exhaustion, stress, impatience, illness, and bad business decisions. So even though it seems like taking days off will be bad for your bottom line, it will actually help you feel more energized and become more productive.
3. Assisting Your Health
A host of studies have shown potential heart-health benefits for taking vacations including a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This study followed 12,000 male adults over nine years that had high risk for coronary heart disease. It’s interesting to note that the individuals who took frequent vacations were 21 percent less likely to die and 32 percent less likely to die from heart disease. So help your heart out and go on vacation!
If you need help deciding what part of the country to make a quick getaway try out this flowchart quiz created by City Pass.