Now be honest, do you take ALL of your earned vacation days each year? And when you DO go on vacation, is it a quick weekend trip or is it long enough that you really feel renewed and rejuvenated when you get home?
It turns out that most Americans do not take all of their earned vacation time. And the cost can impact your wallet and more importantly, your health.
According to CNNMoney, "On average, Americans forfeit more than $34 billion in vacation days by not taking advantage of all accrued days off." In a recent article titled "Why You Should Take a Vacation", a 2009 report by the National Acacemy of Sciences reports that chronic stress may actually shrink your brain, contribute to overall feelings of irritability and depression and continually feeling unfocused.
So the question is, why don't we take all of our earned days off? Is it guilt? Do we all believe we are so indispensable that our bosses can't live without us for a few days or (gasp) a week at a time?
Don't we all deserve some time to reconnect with our family and friends and loved ones? Of course we do! And as it turns out, there are some pretty impressive benefits to taking the time off that you've earned.
Take your vacation time and you'll:
- Cut the risk of heart attack by 30% in men and 50% in women
- Positively benefit your sleep patterns
- Increase connectivity to loved ones
Sounds good to me.
What about you?
Do you take all of your vacation days?