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4 Key Reasons You Need to Use Your Vacation Time

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How long has it been since you've taken a vacation? Not just an afternoon or a day after a holiday during which you spend most of your time answering work-related emails, but a real vacation? It can definitely be hard to find the time to fit "days off" into your busy work schedule, but companies provide employees with paid time off for a reason.

Why It's Important to Take Vacations Periodically

Trying to talk yourself out of taking some time off from work this summer? Before you decide not to schedule a vacation, consider how you can benefit from taking a "time out" from work for a little while.

  • Improve Your Well-Being - Taking a break from your ordinary well-being and the day-to-day stresses of the workplace can help improve your overall health and well-being. Vacations can help you get stress under control. When you are able enjoy periods of reduced stress, this can help you relax, recharge and improve your physical and mental health.
  • Refresh Your Mind - It's hard to function at peak productivity when you never enjoy any down time. When you are in "always-on" work mode, your mind is constantly engaged, but when you take a few (or several) days off, you are able to unplug and let your mind be still - or at least get focused in a different direction for a little while. When you come back from a break feeling mentally refreshed, you just might find that your productivity increases and that you're able to come up with outside-the-box solutions to problems you've been struggling with for a while.
  • Reinforce Your Value - Ever feel like people take advantage of your work ethic and helpfulness? If so, taking a few days off is a great way to give everyone a chance to realize how much you really do handle when you're on duty. Absence can definitely make the heart grow fonder, especially when coworkers are sharing your tasks for several days in a row. If they don't appreciate you now, they certainly will once you return from vacation!
  • Focus on Relationships - When you fail to take time off from work to focus on your family or other relationships, you are sending a message to the most important people in your life that they matter less than your job and coworkers. Sure, work is important - but if you consistently put it above loved ones without stopping to take a time out, these critical relationships can become permanently damaged.

Make a Wise Decision

Consider all the relevant variables when making a decision about when to schedule your vacation time. Just don't put yourself in the position of losing much-needed vacation days because you run out of time to use them. Remember - you deserve a break now and again!

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