Go on vacation, you need it!



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August is
fast running out and September beckons, yet many are yet to go on their annual
vacation. What are you waiting for? Where is your vacation destination? And why
are you not on it? Somebody needs a break, and we don’t mean the three-day
casual leave for that family engagement.
Many
employers and employees are yet to take their hard earned vacation. Is it
because they think all hell would break loose if they do?
It is
tempting to think that a month without your presence in the office will result
in the company’s failure. A chief executive officer may break out in sweat at
the thought of leaving the business to his/her staff for 28 days.
But the truth
is, not only are you or your brilliance replaceable, but if you vanished off
the face of the earth in the next 10 seconds, your employer will find someone
to do your job by the end of the day, and work would continue at your duty
post.
A recent
study conducted by a researcher at the Public Health Department, Carnegie Melon
University, Dr. Jon Delano, showed that just three per cent of the global work
force takes four weeks off at any time.
It also
states that 30 per cent take a few days off their work and ignorantly call it
vacation; while the other 60 per cent trade their annual leave period for money
or just do not go at all.
Delano stated
that with increasing rigours of modern life and competition in the work place,
more people are foregoing this vacation period for the fear of being perceived
as not being dedicated to their jobs.
Experts say
the neglect of vacation period is a major factor why the world is witnessing a
global epidemic of stress-related diseases such as hypertension, cancer and
diabetes.
Delano notes
that depriving the body of long periods of rest to relieve this stress could
harm an individual, both mentally and physically.
“Stress is
real as we face the burden of meeting tight deadlines, making crucial
decisions, or even just managing the complexities of household demands. Most
adults have lives that are filled with some form of stress,” he adds.
 Also, body rejuvenation expert and surgeon,
Dr. Sandra Adejumo, says lack of vacation could lead to chronic stress, as it
reduces the body’s immune system and ultimately predisposes the individual to
various illnesses.
According to
her, several studies have shown a direct link between stress and health
conditions such as headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other types
of infections acquired as a result of a weakened immune system; while taking a
vacation has been scientifically established to prevent these diseases.
Adejumo says,
“Chronic stress takes its toll on our body’s ability to resist infection,
maintain vital functions, and even the ability to avoid injury. When you’re
stressed out and tired, you are more likely to become ill, your arteries take a
beating, and you’re more likely to have an accident.
“Your sleep
will suffer, you won’t digest your food as well, and even the genetic material
in the cells of your body may start to become altered in a bad way.
“Mentally,
not only do you become more irritable, depressed, and anxious, but your memory
will become worse and you’ll make poorer decisions. You’ll also be less fun to
be with, causing you to become more isolated, lonely, and depressed.”
It is not
just about diseases, according to experts on medicaldaily.com, going on
vacation enables you to:
Gain long-term
vision
There’s a
connection between taking breaks and productivity. According to a study by the
2010 International Vacation Deprivation Study, diversion from a task can
dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.
It warns that
mini breaks only provide short-term stamina, and recommends taking annual
vacation to sustain productivity and reduce stress.
The study
states, “Vacation time also lets you pursue other interests. For leaders, being
away from your work environment for a longer period of time will allow you to
gain a fresh perspective on the vision you have for your organisation. For
employees, summer vacations offer time to reflect on new ways that you can help
your team accomplish long-term projects.”
Cultivate
family bonds
If you’re a
parent, taking a vacation with your kids can create the much-needed quality
time as a family.
According to
the Disney Time Survey, a blind study conducted by Kelton Research, quality
family time not only increases while on vacation, but parents and children say
they are more likely to learn something new about one another during this time,
as opposed to when at home.
The survey
reveals that 97 per cent of parents felt their kids got to know new things
about them while on a family trip, and time spent with kids increased by 90 per
cent.
“We know that
vacations are important, but to have parents validate how important vacation
time is to their families was insightful,” said Leslie Ferraro, executive
vice-president of global marketing for Disney Parks.
“As we’ve
learned from families who participated in the survey, those moments of quality
family time can feel fleeting in our everyday home lives,” he adds.
 The benefits of a vacation are endless. Take
time off to meet new people, laugh and do the things that you most love.
Enjoy life!
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i really need it………

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