We are obsessed with talking about well-being, on this blog, and so it’s no surprise that we enjoy reminding people to take their much deserved vacation time. After all, taking a vacation is proven to be not only fun and relaxing, but also be good for your health.
One study compared heart disease rates among 12,000 men over nine years. They found that those who took frequent vacations were 32% less likely to die from heart disease and 21% less likely to die from another serious health problem.
Another large and influential study found that women who took a vacation only once every six years were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease compared to women who vacation at least twice a year or more.
It’s no surprise that people who take vacation time are less likely to suffer from higher levels of stress and depression. A study conducted on 1,500 women found that those who take vacations at least twice a year are less likely to suffer from depression and stress than women who take at least one vacation every two years or more.
Interestingly, and there are studies proving that vacation time actually increases productivity. Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that, for each additional 10 hours of vacation they took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent. Staff who took frequent vacations were also much less likely to leave the company.
Another study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group found that employees who were required to take time off were much more productive overall than those who spent more time working 52 weeks a year. Personally, after some days free of the daily stresses, I find I’m able to make more thoughtful decisions at work. Taking a break for one’s own wellness is a right that shouldn’t be taken for granted, and research shows us, it increases productivity: a win-win for companies and employees. So where are you thinking of going this summer? Keep an eye out for our post on places to visit in and around Ontario.