If science tells us we need to go on vacation we can't just ignore it.. Here's nine reasons why you need to book off that time from work now:
1. Being relaxed helps your brain develop.
Your brain works best when you are relaxed. Studies have shown that when your brain is relaxed, it can focus on essential tasks and has more time to learn and focus. So if you're struggling with something new at home or at work, a vacation just might be perfect for you. Giving your brain time to process the new information might be exactly what it needs.
2. Your body needs a break.
There was a study done at Florida State University in which they looked at the performance of elite athletes, musicians and chess players, and found that the best performers practiced in intervals of 90 minutes. They often took breaks between sessions and hardly ever worked more than four and half hours a day.
Working yourself too hard never leads to anything good. Give your body the break it deserves.
3. Day-dreaming allows you to better solve problems and be more creative.
Daniel J. Levitin, the director of the Laboratory for Music, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University, told the New York Times that giving our brains time to wind down and think about nothing at all can provide "our moments of greatest creativity and insight."
We often stop ourselves from daydreaming, but little did we know it can actually help us!
4. You'll be happier.
This one is kind of obvious, but taking vacations makes you happier in the long-run. They reduces stress, making you happy. There have been studies done to prove that not only are you happy during a vacation, but participants also showed signs of slightly increased happiness for two weeks after they returned from vacation.
It is suggested that instead of one large vacation a year, take two or more short ones if your job allows it.
5. You'll be better afterwards.
Your performance could actually improve once you're back from a vacation. All that happiness could pay off for you. An internal study done by the Ernst & Young accounting firm found that for each additional 10 hours that an employee took for vacation, his or her performance review was 8 percent higher the next year.
6. It will open your mind.
If you're able to vacation somewhere with different cultures it could open your mind and help you be more creative. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine concludes that multicultural experiences help creativity and generate ideas.
7. It can prevent heart disease.
Long-term studies in both men and women have shown that vacations can reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Men who vacationed regularly were more than 32% less likely to die from a heart attack. For women who vacation regularly, that figure jumps to 50% less likely to die from a heart attack. This is because stress can cause heart attacks and vacations decrease stress.
8. It can strengthen your relationship
Vacationing with your family or loved ones help forge closer bonds. Studies have found women who take vacations with spouses report feeling more satisfied with their marriages. Research has also uncovered a correlation between children's academic achievement and summer family vacations.
Surveys indicate that people who vacation regularly reported feeling sexier, with greater romance in their relationships which equates to better sex and overall relationships.
9. You could get thinner.
People that are stressed are more likely to over-eat. Studies have shown that even when indulging a little more on vacation, people who regularly vacation feel more energized and are often more active on vacation. They were also found to have improved glucose levels and even had some weight loss around their waists.