Most people believe that working hard is associated with working none stop, working overtime, or working weekends. Those same people rarely use their vacation days. That, my friends, is proven to NOT to lead to the hardest or best work.
But you’ll say, “Dr. Rob, I want to accomplish more and be productive, so that’s why I don’t take vacation days.”
Here’s the deal—you can actually accomplish more and be the most productive if you don’t neglect rest and take some time off!
If you don’t believe me, here are FIVE reasons that are all backed up by research:
1. Live a healthier life.
An article from CNN tells us about the resultsof the 1992 Framingham Heart Study wherein it was found out that men who don’t take vacations are 30% more likely to experience heart attacks, and for women, the percentage is 50%. The results were still the same even after other health factors were factored in such as smoking, obesity, and diabetes among others.
2. Vacations Lower Stress!
The American Psychological Association concluded that vacations reduce stress because we are removed from activities and environments that we associate with stress and anxiety. A study from the University of Vienna also found that when taking time off, workers had less stress-related complaints like headaches and heart irregularities.
3. You are more likely to get a raise and/or a promotion!
Some statistics for you—if you take more than 10 of your allowed vacation days, there is a 65.4% likeliness of a raise or a bonus! It is the culmination of being healthier, less stressed, more productive, and more collaborative.
4. Your managers will perceive you to be more productive.
According to Project:Time Off, managers tend to relate happiness to productivity. The reality is that managers know and understand that happy workers are productive workers.
5. Your brain will actually work better!
In 2017, researchers conducted a study on 38 people who participated in a 3-month yoga and meditation retreat. The results of the study showed that the participants felt less depressed and anxious—and their brains were healthier.
Another study by the Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience said that a vacation can be critical to restoring high brain functions that show signs of deterioration because of exposure to too much stress.
So this week I’m taking a couple vacation. I need the extra time for some creative thinking, memorization, and quality time with loved ones. Now it’s your turn: go schedule your next vacation!
aka The Robster
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