3 Ways Vacationing Improves Your Health

Have you ever thought to yourself “I’d really love to go on vacation, but I just have way too much to do”?

How many times have you mentioned being so tired, yet you continue to do nothing about it.

Are you frustrated with yourself for working day and night without giving yourself any type of mental or physical break?

It’s a simple fact that we, Americans, are overworked, overwhelmed and over-tired. Majority of Americans are given two (or more) weeks of vacation yet most of us don’t even use half of our vacation time. And if we do use it, we end up working while we’re on vacation. (I, too, am guilty of this!)

Whether you own your own business, are busy trying to start a new business or work wholeheartedly for someone else’s business, it’s time to put the work aside and put your health and your needs first.

Working from morning until night, day after day, including the weekends is what I like to call “burning the candles at both ends”, and guess where it will lead you to? Pure exhaustion, feeling burnt out and even worse, hormonally imbalanced and adrenally fatigued.

Taking time off work is good for your mental and emotional health, and here’s why:

  1. Vacationing reduces stress. A study published by the American Physiological Association concluded that by removing people from the activities and environments that they associate with stress and anxiety, you also work to reduce stress. By escaping the daily routine of work, it is a proven fact that taking vacations helps to alleviate job stress and guess what? Even after you get back home, the positive effects last beyond the duration of the vacation. After returning from vacation, we can all agree that we come back refreshed and rejuvenated mentally, physically and emotionally, which allows us to be better versions of ourselves in all aspects of life.
  2. Vacationing improves productivity. In the daily rush to get as much does as possible, we end up undermining our ability to work to our peak performance. A study completed by Ernst & Young discovered that the employees who took an additional 10 hours of vacation had higher performance rankings and were much more likely to remain with the firm. Why is this important? The more productive you are, the happier you are. The happier your are, the more you excel at what you do while also loving what you do.
  3. Vacationing improves sleep. Almost anyone you talk to will mention having restless sleep or even insomnia. The number one reason why America is so sleep deprived, other than hormonal imbalance, is because we have too much on our minds. When we can’t shut off our minds, it affects our sleep in such a negative way. When our sleep is impacted, we tend to be less focused, less alert, have difficulty remembering and tend to make more errors. If you notice you are experiencing disrupted sleep, take some time away from your desk and your computer and reset your sleep pattern.

With summer in full swing, I encourage you to get away for a few days, even if it’s to a hotel nearby, so that you can take time off to focus on you, stress less, sleep better, be more productive and in the long run, be a happier, healthier version of yourself.

What are your summer vacation plans? Tell us in the comments below! 

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