When was the last time you took a holiday? Have you accumulated a lot of time off at work but are not allowed to take it?
Only 14 percent of Americans will take a vacation of two weeks or more this year. The standard holiday in the U.S. is now down to a long weekend. Studies show that vacations are as important as watching your cholesterol or getting exercise. An annual vacation can cut the risk of heart attack in men by 30 percent and in women by 50 percent. Time away from the source of stressors helps regather crashed emotional resources, such as a sense of mastery and social support. But here’s the catch: It takes two weeks for that process to occur. You can’t get those benefits from a long weekend.
Time off work is critical. We need to unplug and renew ourselves. Healthier minds and bodies are more productive.
I am taking my own advice and going on vacation. We are heading to the East coast for 2 weeks and I can not wait. This will be my first time taking my son on an airplane. I am excited and nervous both!
What are you doing to unplug and renew this year?