Is it shocking to anyone that vacation time is good for your heath? We all know Americans are still behind most of the developed world in vacation days given to us by employers. Maybe the Germans or Kiwis would feel sorry for us except, we don't even take the vacation we have.
How much vacation do we take?
A survey conducted by Glassdoor and Harris Interactive showed that only 25 percent of Americans take all of their paid vacation days and another study by Skift shows that nearly 42 percent of Americans do not take any vacation days. What?!? And just to get a picture of why Americans are struggling to find Work/Life Balance, a Glassdoor-Harris Interactive survey also showed that 61 percent of people work while on vacation. Not cool, dude.
How does constant work affect our health?
Vacations play a factor in decreasing your risk of heart attack according to two independent studies (The Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial for the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease and The Framingham Heart Study). Vacations are not only fun and it was found that men who take regular annual vacations were 21 percent less likely to die from any cause and were 32 percent less likely to die from heart disease. The Framingham study showed that men who did not take a vacation for several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did vacations. Ladies are not exempt, if a woman takes a vacation only once every six years she is nearly eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.
To put it simply:
No Vacay = Heart Attack
Not planning a trip yet? A Marshfield Clinic study of 1,500 women in Wisconsin showed taking vacations decreases levels of depression. These same women who vacationed more then once a year had lower blood pressure and smaller waistlines. I am starting a new diet craze, Vacation your way to Skinny!
What are the drawbacks?
Maybe you are worried you will look like a bad employee if you take time off. Well, Ernst & Young, a professional services firm, conducted an internal study to determine the affect of vacations on employee performance. They found that, for every 10 hours of vacation employees took, their performance review ratings improved 8 percent. Keep that statistic in your back pocket when your boss is reluctant to let you have time away.
So, we have vacation time available and taking a vacation improves your life, maybe even saves it. Perhaps it is time to contact your friendly neighborhood travel consultant.
Statistical information was mostly found in this article. Thanks Health Net.