Yes, You Do Need a Vacation!

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Education & Training with iNLP Center

Summer is almost over and for many of us, it has come and gone without us taking a vacation. Again.

While we did manage to squeeze in a couple of long weekends at the beach, we honestly can't remember the last time we enjoyed a true, honest to goodness vacation. Like a real one. For a full two weeks, no work, no email, no conference calls. Nope.

And it turns out that we aren't alone.

Most Americans are in the same boat, of either not taking a proper vacation or working during the time that they planned to be 100% away from work. In most other developed nations, annual vacations are part of the culture, while here in the U.S. it seems that the opposite is true. Work is becoming such a huge part of our daily lives, that it sadly leaves very little room for other pursuits. 

Vacations are Essential for the Mind and the Body

Perhaps it is counterintuitive, but studies have shown that workers are actually more productive the more regular time off they take. If your mind never has the opportunity to truly shut off, you can become overly stressed, uninterested in your work, and have difficulty focusing on the tasks in front of you. Worker productivity is becoming lower as more and more Americans feel overwhelmed, overworked and underappreciated. If you fall into this camp, a vacation may be just what the doctor ordered.

Even if there isn't room in the budget for an elaborate trip, simply taking time off work can be a boon to your physical and mental health. The human body and psyche need the opportunity to reset and when you are constantly "on" this can be difficult to achieve. Even when you are away from the office you are likely still checking and responding to emails and joining conference calls. The brain doesn't get the downtime that it needs and burnout is likely right around the corner. 

Put a Vacation on Your Calendar Today!

While staycations aren't as optimal as a true getaway, they are better than nothing. The first step is getting some time off onto your calendar. Two weeks is ideal, but even a week is good. Long weekends just don't cut it because you are likely still pretty much working on those days, even if you aren't physically in the office.

Put your Out of Office alert on and truly disconnect. The benefit of a planned vacation is that you can tie up any loose ends before you leave and let everyone know in advance that you will not be reachable. And if you set up someone to cover your essential duties while you are away you will feel better about disconnecting.

If you are going to get away, don't forget to enjoy the planning process too! Having a vacation to look forward to can help to ease your stress levels even before you get onto the plane! Find an interesting destination and plan some engaging activities while leaving plenty of time open to truly relax and let your body and soul rest and recuperate. Chances are you will return from vacation feeling better than ever and who knows, maybe you won't wait another decade before planning your next one!

Our work lives can become all-consuming if we let them, and it is important that we schedule in some time truly away from the stresses of the office. If it's been a while since your last true vacation, make it a priority to schedule some time away from the office and truly unplug!

Comments (1)

Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Italy and Croatia are already on the schedule this year. Love getting out of the U.S.

Aug 14, 2018 02:50 PM