Do you ever feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, let alone time to take vacation? Well, you're not alone! Psychology Today estimates that almost 6 million vacation days go unused every year in the United States. While this may seem logical and necessary when building a business, it could not only hurt your growth and productivity, but also effect your health.
Did you also know that taking vacation actually increases productivity, creativity, lowers stress levels and improves performance? "Those who don't take time off are 'sicker, less productive, stressed, and more anxious and depressed'—that affects your work as well." This is according to Overwhelmed author and award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte. Schulte is one of many experts that believe making time for leisure activities is essential for success, health and happiness.
Many countries seem to take a strong stance on this as well, requiring their citizens to vacation annually. Out of the top 10 countries with the highest life expectancy, all have mandatory vacation of 10 days or more each year! While this information alone isn't proof of the importance of vacation, a decades long study by the University of Helsinki found there is direct correlation between taking annual vacations and life expectancy. That's proof! Taking a break from work really is good for you!
So.... when is your next vacation?