Americans are known all over the world over for their hard work ethic. In fact, we’re infamous for working toohard. Our dedication to our careers and success often takes a toll on our health, both physical and emotional, and overwork has been proven to contribute to higher levels of stress, anxiety, and heart attacks.
The one thing that we can all do to turn these statistics around, that guarantees relaxation, is not even taken advantage of. I am talking about taking a vacation! In 2015, 41 percent (that’s almost HALF!) of Americans admitted to NOT taking a vacation.
Reasons for not stepping away from the desk were pretty consistent: the people surveyed (the 41percent) admitted that they feared coming back to a mountain of work or simply that they couldn’t afford a vacation. But the consensus is clear: vacations are beneficial to overall health and stress levels. Even your boss understands taking some time off!
John Donahoe, C.E.O. of eBay, is quoted to say “As helpful as thinking days and re-calibrations are, there’s still no substitute for taking a legitimate vacation.” The C.O.O. of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, agrees, encouraging employees to take off ALL of the vacation days they have allotted.
The majority of employers are also keen for their employees to take vacation because they realize that working non-stop will eventually lead to burnout, which is both a professional disaster and will undoubtedly cause additional stress at home. Taking some time to unplug with family or friends will likely make you less stressed at work, and having a planned vacation on the calendar to look forward to can improve your spirits tremendously.
Vacations are also good for your cardiac health – studies show that men who don’t take regular vacations are 32% more likely to die from a heart attack … and women who don’t take time off are eight times more likely to suffer from coronary disease than their vacationing counterparts..
A “legitimate vacation” doesn’t have to be three weeks in Europe. At Dancing Moon Travel, we specialize is creating custom vacations that will give our clients the relaxation they need, with a pre-scheduled time and on a budget they can afford.
Cruises are the perfect solution to those who have tight budgets or limited vacation days: there are great four and five-night Caribbean itineraries, and with the inclusive amenities, you will spend far less than if you try to cover food and lodging on a vacation you plan yourself.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential to overall happiness and physical well-being, and at Dancing Moon Travel, we want to work with you to help make it happen.
The vast majority of our trips can be booked with a modest deposit and we’re happy to take payments over time – we consider this our “Dream Layaway Program.” Call our office at (404) 913-4386 or visit our website to learn more about the dream vacation packages we offer, and plan the vacation you deserve today!http://www.dancingmoontravel.com