How many times have you wanted to take a vacation but thought, I just have too much to do?.
Here are eight science-based reasons you should book your next vacation today.
1 – BOOTS BRAIN POWER. When your brain is completely relaxed, experiments have shown that it consolidates knowledge and brain power – improving a memorizing new skill learned the week before.
2 – PROMPTS A FULL RECHARGE. Unfortunately we don’t have a mental reserve pool of power, so vacations are crucial in returning a well-functioning brain back to its prime.
3 – SOLVES PROBLEMS. When we’re not activalety tackling a task, our brain connects and consolidates current ideas with prior knowledge. This creates new ideas and solutions to problems while improving brain performance.
4 – YOU’LL LIVE LONGER. Workers who take frequent annual vacations can reduce their risk of disease by 21%, based on clinical trials.
5 – IMPROVES WORK QUALITY. Working long hours day in, day out has been proven to have a detrimental effect on cognitive performance – causing a decline in work quality. Taking vacations has been shown to prevent this.
6 – ENHANCES PERFORMANCE. The more vacation time you have, the better you’ll perform at work – or at least, that’s what executive whitepapers have shown. In one study, every 10 hours of time off saw performance reviews increase by 8% the following year.
7 – HELPS TO RELIEVE DEPRESION. By taking more vacation time, evidence suggests that you’ll be less prone to depression or depressive episodes.
8 – MOTIVATES. According to clinical psychologist Deborah Mulhern, vacation cause people to have a better life perspective while motivation them to achieve their goals – even if it’s just a 24-hour time out.