Nigerian corporate workers are working more hours and taking less time off for vacations, yielding to various mental and physical health challenges. When work becomes overwhelming and your work-life balance is nothing to reckon with, you need to be asking yourself this: “Shouldn’t I go on vacation?” Taking a vacation offers many health benefits, but some factors prevent people from taking that needed break from work.
For example, labour turnover and a lean workforce make it difficult for employed folks to go on a vacation. To them, indulging in a vacation will make them appear less committed to work in comparison to their colleagues. So, we have highlighted seven health benefits of taking a vacation that outweigh every stressor that comes with planning a vacation and taking a necessary break from work.
Seven health benefits of taking a vacation
Studies clearly show that taking some time off your job has physical and mental health benefits. When you take vacations, you enjoy lower stress, have less risk of heart disease, a fresh life perspective, and usually a renewed motivation to achieve personal and corporate goals. If you need a bit more convincing, here is a list of some of the additional benefits of taking time away from work.
- Improved physical health
Stress gradually contributes to heart disease and high blood pressure. According to the New York Times, taking a vacation every two years compared to every six, by women and men alike, will lessen their risk of coronary heart disease or heart attack.
- Improved mental health
It is scientifically proven that when you expose yourself to too much stress, your brain structure gets altered and it triggers anxiety and depression. But when you take a vacation, the sensation of calm arises and relieves your bottled stress; then allowing your body & mind to heal in ways it couldn’t if it were still under pressure.
- A greater feeling of being comfortable
A Gallup study observed that people who “always make time for regular trips” have a 68.4 score on the Gallup-Heathway’s Well-Being Index, in comparison to a 51.4 Well-Being score for less frequent travellers. Another study also discovered that three days after their vacation, the subjects’ physical complaints, quality of sleep, and mood had improved compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who spent more time with themselves and achieved overall satisfaction during their vacation.
- Increased mental inspiration
Loads of people that return from vacation are perceived to be focused and productive. Studies have confirmed that chronic stress actually makes it difficult to achieve certain tasks and cause memory issues. So, taking time off work is like a tune-up for your brain, improving your mental health and cognition.
- Improved social and family connections
When you spend time flexing life with your loved ones, you’re making your relationships stronger. Moreso, the Federal Ministry of Health realised that its women who took vacations during their leaves were more satisfied with their marriages. Interesting right?
- Decreased burnout
Getting over-stressed is bound to happen sometimes. However, office colleagues who optimise breaks to go on a vacation, are unlikely to experience a breakdown or any form of burnout, causing them to be more creative and productive than their overstressed, under-rested counterparts. Another way to manage burnout is through the Oxygen Mask Rule: “Secure your masks before assisting others.” In other words, address your mental, physical and spiritual needs before committing to responsibilities benefitting others outside of your immediate family.
- Boosted sense of satisfaction with Job and life
Studies have now confirmed that planning a vacation can boost your happiness, in fact, some people experience an elevated mood up to eight weeks before the trip.
The critical point is this: take a vacation if/when you can. When you take time away from the things that cause you to stress at work and in your daily life, it will improve your physical and mental health, motivation, relationships, job performance and perspective. Moreso, a vacation at FFA Resorts and Lodging can help you feel refreshed and more prepared to handle whatever comes when you return to work.
To most people, work is inevitable and a necessity of life! So is a needed break from work, remember you are not a machine, you’re human!
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