A vacation or staycation, it doesn't matter which, but one thing's for sure: time off is a must.
According to an article by MarketWatch (published by Dow Jones & Co.), Americans are taking only half of their paid vacation. On top of that, of those who do take time off, many continue to work while on vacation. This is ironic because taking a vacation can do amazing things for our physical and mental health. And more to the point: Taking a vacation can make you even better at your job. This is borne out by research about brain activity, creativity, and leadership.
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Another benefit of taking time off is its positive effect on personal and familial relationships. Vacations, or at least spending time together isolated from the daily routine (school, work, and so on), can strengthen ties and create lasting memories.
If you are resistant to taking time off (for whatever reason), consider the wise tips below.
Make it a goal to have pure, unadulterated downtime. You’re likely to have moments of creativity, connection and insight, so don’t forget a notebook to record all those great ideas!