I just read an article about how, since 2000, Americans are taking less vacation time. We are taking a week less of vacation, down to 16.2 days in 2015 from the long-term average of 20.3 days. Less time with our families, less time for ourselves, less time to relax and unwind from the J.O.B.
If baffles the mind, but for some reason the more people tell you to take more time for you, it seems the less “you time” you tend to take. It is proven that taking time off to get away from the stresses of what you do from 9 to 5, on any variation of that, is crucial to your mental and physical health, not to mention the family dynamic.
You even work better after a vacation. You’re refreshed, renewed and you have a new sense of purpose. That is, if you have released the anxiety and actually had fun.
Some people take their work with them. In some cases though even that is better then nothing. At least you went, you had some relaxation and now you can focus again.
The monotony and the stress we feel to perform at peak levels, some worse than others, so getting out from under it, even for a little while, helps. In the article, technology was to blame and the pattern shown was that, as technology, and therefore accessibility, has grown vacation time has receded. In a sense we are addicted to technology and the new information that it brings.
The article points out that the intense attachment to technology and the ease with which we can now be reached, has also extended it’s arm and attachment, or addiction, to the work itself. So you may be addicted to your job and you don’t even know it. Which makes sense to me but I think ego also plays a role in that but in any case, you should be taking your vacation time. You should be spending that time with loved ones or just having some time to yourself if that appeals to you.
Work is good, even better if you love what you do, but remember to get out and away once in awhile. Take the time you are given or if you own your own business, give yourself a reasonable vacation. It’s good for you, it’s good for your health and it’s good for those that you love.