In one of my first blog posts, I wrote about the importance of working hard and playing hard. I spoke about the importance of making time for you. So I took my own advice and headed to Montana, where I had the opportunity to completely unplug. It was absolutely invigorating. I enjoyed some of the most beautiful scenery while horseback riding, ate exquisite food and spent some much needed down time with my lovely wife. Ultimately, I returned to work with a clear head and recharged.
Whether your travel plans include Montana or Miami or your own backyard, you need to take the opportunity to unwind from the work grind. Not only can a vacation (or staycation) reinvigorate you mentally but it can help you physically too. A study of 13,000 middle-aged men at risk for heart disease revealed those who skipped vacations for five consecutive years were 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took at least one week off each year.
Who wouldn’t want to take time off? It’s not just workaholics. According to this article by the Huffington Post, many workers are actually afraid to take time off. Whether the fear is self-imposed or part of your employer’s culture, you need to take the initiative, not make excuses and take your PTO.
Remember, Labor Day was established for everyone in the workforce. So kick back, relax and enjoy your holiday.