Employers are beginning to realize that having their employees step away and take the vacation time they’ve earned is beneficial to everyone. According to the article by Elizabeth Scott, vacations help prevent burnout and make us more productive. Time off lowers stress and enables us to recharge our batteries often leading to more productivity and higher job performance when we return. A win-win for everyone!
If that’s not enough to encourage you to schedule a vacation, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D, might be able to convince you. “When you’re stressed out and tired, you are more likely to become ill, your arteries take a beating, and you’re more likely to have an accident. Your sleep will suffer, you won’t digest your food as well, and even the genetic material in the cells of your body may start to become altered in a bad way. Mentally, not only do you become more irritable, depressed and anxious, but your memory will become worse and you’ll make poorer decisions. You’ll also be less fun to be with, causing you to become more isolated, lonely and depressed.”
Whether it’s a grand trip somewhere amazing or a stay-cation at home reading a good book, the important thing is that you take the break you’ve earned and certainly the break you deserve. So what are you waiting for? Schedule that vacation and I’d love to hear how you spent that time off!