How would you like to feel more relaxed, refreshed, healthy and happy? Would you also be interested in increasing your job satisfaction, improving your relationships and sleeping better, too? If so, pack up the car, board a plane, book a cruise or break out the hammock. These are just a few of the benefits of taking a vacation.
A recent study done by Oxford Economics (2014) showed that only 42% of U.S. employees take full advantage of the paid time off they earn during the year.
Too much work and not enough play can result in chronic stress. This is not the good kind of stress that helps you meet deadlines and remember to pick up the kids from camp. It’s the kind of ongoing stress that can negatively impact your thinking, attitudes, health, and relationships.
A 2011 Intuit study reports that men who vacation are 32% less likely to die of a heart attack. And women who don’t take vacations are more likely to suffer from heart disease than women who take a couple vacations a year. Also, vacationers reportedly experience a 82% increase in job performance post-trip!