Vacationing to Keep Your Body and Mind Healthy

It has been a crazy year of writing and flipping houses.  I have recently heard that many of my friends have decided to forgo a vacation because they just can’t seem to find the time to get away from work.  While it is easy to get caught up in the fast pace of life, work, and commitments, taking a regular vacation is part of taking care of oneself.  The high stress lifestyles of most American’s can begin to take quite a toll on both mental and physical health.  Therefore, taking time to recoup, strengthen marriage and family relationships, and rest is essential to maintaining a healthy, productive lifestyle.

While it may seem counterproductive to suggest that regular vacations could actually make employees more productive, this is precisely the case.  Taking time off from work is so important because the human body simply needs a break now and then.  Being chronically stressed and tired results in more sick days, lesser productivity, increased stress, anxiety, and depression all of which impact the quality and quantity of work employees produce.  Not to mention, these same conditions add stress to the family at home.  If employees subsequently face divorces or marital/family dysfunction, this will further decrease productivity at work.

Americans chronically neglect to take appropriate time off for vacation due to our driven culture.  Many people neglect taking a break solely because they don’t think they can leave their work, even for a week or two.  The overall culture does not help this notion when American companies are not even mandated to provide their employees with time off.  In many companies it can take up to a year before a person even sees their first vacation day.  Many people have grown up with parents that have not prioritized vacationing either. 

As American culture continues to become more stressful and demanding each year, it is crucial that people begin to prioritize rest and relaxation.  If we do not, many will die young from stress related conditions like heart disease.  Americans now consume antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications at higher rates than ever before.  The human body was simply not created to work 7 days a week 365 days a year.

Begin making vacation a part of your expected yearly routine.  Schedule your time off months in advance and plan adequately to ensure you can comfortably leave your job for a few days.  Consider vacation a part of your overall wellness plan.  Just as you go for a yearly physical at your Dr., take time off each year.  Take a vacation and improve your quality of sleep, reduce your risk of heart disease, quiet stress, increase your health, and productivity at work!