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Vacations Are Good for Your Health

In Case You Need a Reason – Here are Three!

Even though people know they need to take some time off from work every now and then, about 40% don’t take all their paid time off according to a survey by U.S. Travel Association and GfK. The current top reason is all the work that piles up while they are gone. Another reason is that they believe no one else can do their job. And more than 20 percent of workers said one of the main reasons they aren’t taking all of their vacation days is because they don’t want to appear replaceable. (1)

But in spite of the fears of taking time off, something worse can happen if you don’t take a vacation. Eventually, your body will break down. I’ve learned this the hard way. We have to take time off where we simply shut all the work down and let our body relax.

How many times have you complained about how tired you are but have done nothing about it? Have you been frustrated with the number of hours you are working, but fail to give yourself a rest?

Here are 3 scientific reasons why taking a vacation is good for your health. (2)

  1. Greater productivity.

    In our rush to do it all and get it all done, we actually can diminish our ability to perform at peak levels. It takes continued focus and energy to consistently be productive. “Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation time employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent. What’s more, frequent vacationers were significantly less likely to leave the firm. Another study by the Boston Consulting Group found that high-level professionals who were required to take time off were significantly more productive overall than those who spent more time working.” When you are more efficient at getting things done, you’re happier, and when you’re happier, you excel at what you do.

  2. Improved sleep.

    With a lot on our minds, we can experience restless nights and disrupted sleep. When we simply can’t stop the mind chatter, our sleep is affected. This leads to less focus, being less alert, impaired memory, increased likelihood of accidents, and weakened immune system. “Researchers say that vacations can help interrupt the bad habits that disrupt sleep, like working late into the night or watching a backlit screen before bed. If you have stress from work and you find your sleep is disrupted because of anxiety or tension, take time off and reset your sleep pattern.” I’ve certainly learned about this one recently. I’ve been much more productive just taking Sundays off.

  3. Stress reduction.

    “A study released by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from the activities and environments that they associate with stress and anxiety. Similarly, a Canadian study of nearly 900 lawyers found that taking vacations helps alleviate job stress. The effects last beyond the duration of the vacation, too. Also, a small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later.”

If you’ve been putting off a vacation, I invite you to join us for one of the world’s favorite cruises. There are people who have cruised all over the world and say that the Alaska cruise is the best one they’ve taken. We’re cruising to Alaska the first week of September. I invite you to join us. Email or call Tami ASAP for special pricing.

 

Notes

1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/americans-vacation-days_n_5682576.html

2 https://www.inc.com/lolly-daskal/4-scientific-reasons-why-vacation-is-awesome-for-you.html

 

Quick Energy Soup

Serves 1

This is fast soup for a busy day.

  • 1 cup fresh carrot juice (5-7 medium, or approx. 1 pound, yields about 1 cup)
  • 1 lemon, peeled if not organic
  • 1-inch chunk ginger root
  • 1 avocado, peeled and seed removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Juice the carrots, lemon, and ginger. Pour the juice into a blender.  Add the avocado and cumin and blend until smooth.  Serve chilled.

From Souping is the New Juicing (Get your advance order in on Amazon now so you can be the first to get your book early September.)

One comment

  1. A real vacation would be nice. In much of Europe a vacation is practically built into the culture.

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