5 EXCELLENT Reasons to Take Some Time Off

“5 EXCELLENT Reasons to Take Some Time Off “ was written by guest contributor, Savannah Hemmings

It doesn’t matter if it’s a busy day or a slow day at the office, your mind will wander. It doesn’t matter if you’re daydreaming your way to Bora Bora or the Appalachian Trail, either, the important thing is that your brain clearly wants a vacation. You could probably come up with countless reasons not to take one, too, and you wouldn’t be alone: 42 percent of Americans didn’t take a single day off vacation in 2014.

Statistics like these make it clear that the working population might need a bit of a push to get themselves out of the door, on the plane and into a state of much-needed relaxation. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of five reasons to take time off this year, and the next, and the next, and the next…

1. It clears your mind

It should come as no surprise that time away from the office helps you to improve your mental health, even if you have a high-stress job that normally keeps you glued to your phone and email. However, researchers conducting a larger health study asked their 1,399 participants about their indulgence in leisure activities, including vacation. Participants who had taken time off reported feeling less negative emotions and experienced less depression.

2. It enhances your relationships

Let’s assume both you and your significant other work a lot. When do you have time for just the two of you? Is it sandwiched in on the weekends between to-do lists and decompressing in front of the TV? A vacation gives you a chance to reconnect completely for a long period of time. This, in turn, makes you feel more connected, less tense and generally happy together. This sort of vibe would certainly translate into an improved attitude at work: What’s better than knowing someone you love more than ever is waiting for you when you get home?

3. It boosts productivity

Studies have shown that escaping your desk for a quick lunchtime workout can boost cognitive function by up to 10 percent. Can you imagine what a week or two away would do for your brain? You’ll return clear-headed and happy, which will only spur you to work harder and better. For further proof, look at the flip side: Those who don’t take much time off feel stressed, exhausted, impatient and inept to make decisions. None of those states of mind would contribute to positive forward progress.

4. It lengthens your life

As crazy as it sounds, vacation does more than just add vibrancy to your life story: It can add actual years to it. A study of 12,000 men by the State University of New York at Oswego found that those who took an annual vacation decreased their chances of a soon death by 20 percent. It likely has something to do with the fact that vacations help you banish stress, which is linked to the six leading causes of death. Regardless of how it works, it’s reason enough to hit the road.

5. You gain new perspective

Spending all day at your desk narrows your worldview to the confines of a cubicle or office. If you take a vacation, you’ll soon realize just how big the world is. This new outlook can help you as you return to work, and it can do so in a number of ways. Perhaps it will help you to prioritize what is truly important to accomplish by day’s end, and what can wait. It might give you a burst of creativity or the inspiration to pick up a book, take a class or speak to an expert who can help you improve your standing in your field. A trip could make you realize that your true passions lie elsewhere, and that the job you have isn’t your true calling.

No matter what the world has to say, the bottom line is that it’s your duty to go out and listen. All you have to do is buy the ticket and take the ride.

If you can think of any more useful reasons to take time off then leave them in the comments section below. Also, if you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it with your friends and family. After all, sharing is caring!

-Savannah Hemmings

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About the Author: Savannah Hemmings is writer for BonVita Style and has graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is a Philadelphia-based personal stylist and writes about style, fashion and fitness on her lifestyle blog, Sincerely Savannah. Her work has been featured on Hello Giggles, Bustle, Self Magazine and TIME. She has a passion for fitness and you can almost always find her training for her next marathon. 

8 Comments

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    Riya
    Posted March 30, 2016 5:47 am 0Likes

    Hi ,
    I know this law of attraction thing since 2013. and I started using this .But sometimes it used to work and sometimes not.
    I have hard time in this believing thing.
    I try to convenience myself to keep faith but this positive only lasts for a week. when i dont see any sign of dream coming true,I break down.
    Again i try to pick myself and start again.
    This has been happening since 2013.

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    Andrea Schulman
    Posted March 30, 2016 12:51 pm 0Likes

    Hi Riya

    I think you are having an experience many followers of the LOA can relate to!

    I must say, I think it’s very telling that you wrote this comment on this article entitled “reasons to take some time off.” Perhaps a little less trying is just what you need? Focus on your happiness and relax, and let things happen rather than try to make things happen. I’ve found that trying is the number one reason why people often struggle with manifestation 🙂

    XO, Andrea

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    Riya
    Posted March 31, 2016 10:09 am 0Likes

    Hi Andrea ,
    So you want to say that my comment on this post is also a indication from universe that i should relax and focus on my happiness.
    Is this really a sign from Universe ?

    Please Help!

    Thanks,
    Riya

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    Andrea Schulman
    Posted March 31, 2016 10:37 am 0Likes

    I absolutely would, Riya. There are no accidents 🙂

    Take it easy, stop worrying about the “stuff,” and just choose to feel as good as you can. Everything else will work itself out.

    -Andrea

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    Riya
    Posted April 2, 2016 9:23 am 0Likes

    Thanks for reply Andrea 🙂

    As you said ,there are no accidents. Yesterday night i saw a dream of getting failed to achieve something which i am trying to manifest since 2013 . So,SHould i consider as a sign ..? or May be it is just my negative thoughts.

    what does this mean.? I am bit confused on this.

    Thanks,
    Riya

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    Andrea Schulman
    Posted April 2, 2016 9:57 am 0Likes

    Hi Riya 🙂 When I have dreams like this, I take it as an indication of my expectation. Our dreams often reveal to us how our subconscious is relating to our reality. If I were in your shoes, I might try to focus on a new goal for the time being to take some of the pressure off. When I become frustrated, I’ve found it’s always effective to put down my primary goal, and choose another goal that feels more optimistic and exciting. Then, the fun and excitement of the secondary goal helps me get my confidence back and makes it easier for me to release negative expectations about the first 🙂

    Distraction can be a powerful tool.

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    Riya
    Posted April 3, 2016 6:20 am 0Likes

    Thanks Andrea !
    I was bit confused about this. Thanks again !
    Keep up the good work.

    So much love and power to you 😉

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    Andrea Schulman
    Posted April 3, 2016 6:11 pm 0Likes

    Thanks Riya-same to you! 🙂

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