Summertime means warm weather, longer days and relaxing time with friends and familia. There are no homework or school projects to get to, and quite honestly, laundry can wait until Saturday. Summer means… “chillaxing”! It’s an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the little things. Still, many of us are skipping much needed time off from work and the daily grind, forgetting that the brain (and soul) needs to be fed more than just tasks.
All work and no vacay can lead to serious (and possibly dangerous) burnout. No matter how busy your summer is, you need a vacation. Whether that means two days of a “staycation” or a two-week road trip with the family, your subconscious is begging you to get away and forget about all your responsibilities; even if only for a moment. Still not convinced? Read on for 3 key benefits resulting from taking some time off.
Reason #1: Increase Productivity
Just like you can’t run a marathon on an empty stomach, or function without a good night’s sleep, it’s impossible to be productive without time off from the stresses of everyday life. The brain—just like your heart—is an organ that needs to be replenished when you expel energy. Research shows that vacationing not only can increase happiness and lower depression and stress, but also can increase productivity at work upon return from time off.
Reason #2: Connect With Family
Quality family time is one of the best motivators to get away from it all. Unplug from the office, the phone calls, the kid’s extracurricular activities, the daily to do list. Vacation time is a great opportunity to spend time as a family and get to know each other a bit more. Go for a hike, build a sandcastle, explore a museum. There is more time to talk and spend time together without the daily distractions. And remember, there will come a time that your children will have lives of their own and spending time with Mom and Dad will not be anywhere near the top of their list, so take the time together while they still want your company.
Reason #3: It’s Good For Your Health
Did you know that men who don’t take vacations are 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack? And women who rarely vacation are an astounding 50 percent more likely to have a heart attack and much more likely to suffer from depression. Even people who claim to love the high-pressured lifestyle will admit, that there are times when they just want to get away from it all, if only for a short time. Vacations have the potential to break into that dangerous stress cycle. Not only does time off help you to feel ready to take on the world again, but it just may add years to your life!