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Ditch Your Vacation Guilt

Summer officially starts on June 20! Summer means vacay, right? If you are someone who feels guilty scheduling and enjoying a summer break, you are NOT alone. (Raise your hand πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ if this is YOU!)

Data published by the Pew Research Center in May 2023 found that nearly half ― 49% ― of workers surveyed say they don’t take their paid time off.

Why? Well, here are at least three reasons you might forgo your well-deserved vacay:
πŸ’  you are worried you’ll fall behind at work;
πŸ’  you feel badly about colleagues taking on additional work duties; and
πŸ’  (by far the most worrisome reason!) you fear you may lose your job.

Research shows that vacations can both rejuvenate and revive workers. Taking time away from work allows us to:

βœ… Improve physical health: think decreased blood pressure.
βœ… Improve mental health: like reducing depression.
βœ… Address our overall well-being: including better sleep.
βœ… Increase mental motivation: as in improving your memory.
βœ… Improve non-work relationships: such as your spouse and kids.
βœ… Decrease burnout: while simultaneously increasing creativity.
βœ… Boost happiness: even the process of planning a vacay increases happiness!

𝗧𝗡𝗲 π—―π—Όπ˜π˜π—Όπ—Ί 𝗹𝗢𝗻𝗲 π—Άπ˜€ π˜π—΅π—Άπ˜€: take your vacation without guilt and create a work culture where vacations are valued.

Add these practices to your summer to-do list:
βž•Check-in with your colleagues prior to their time off and see how you can help them prepare.
βž•Don’t be a martyr.
βž•Let others know how refreshed you felt after your last vacation!

Taking a break from work is like giving your brain a spa day! Enjoy your time off and let your mind, body, and spirit reap the benefits.

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