Are you taking real vacations? Not just a long weekend, or a trip to the park or zoo with the kids. I’m talking about a vacation with rest and relaxation or a thrilling adventure.
If your last vacation seems like a distant memory, you’re not alone. While most of us would love to spending time soaking up the sun and playing on sun-kissed beaches, the reality is that too many people are working and not playing.
The stark actuality is that 57% of employees hold on to unused vacation time at the end of the year, and 42% of workers feel as though you can’t take time off. The United States tends to live in a culture that undervalues the importance of vacations. However, it’s crucial to understand why other countries give more vacation time and why you should take what you do get, even if you have a demanding job.
When you work for months or years on end without a significant break, you risk sliding in a state of chronic stress that leads to all sorts of health and mental issues. Taking a vacation improves your mental sharpness, gives you the ability to retain more information and have an increased ability to solve problems. Employees who take vacation days see their performance ratings go up, their attitude change, stave off burnout and exhaustion.
Check out the infographic from Expedia below to discover 10 other reasons why your brain craves vacation time and the science behind them. Then ask for a holiday request as soon as possible. It’s up to you to take your vacation time off – no one’s going to do it for you.
12 reasons why your brain craves vacation time [Infographic] by the team at Expedia CA