No vacation can hurt a person's health

Jessica Janner

No vacation can hurt a person's health

CREATED Jul. 26, 2013
(KTNV) -- We're in vacation season but studies find Americans just aren't taking time off as often as they used to. Through their jobs, most Americans get at least 14 vacation days per year but, on average, use just 10!
 
Doctors say not finding that time to relax can hurt... literally. Women who don't take regular vacations are anywhere from two to eight times more likely to suffer from depression.
 
For men, the risk of death from a heart attack goes up by a third. And if skipping vacation days isn't bad enough, 61% of Americans who are taking a vacation this year plan to work during their time off.
 
Experts say planning is important. The trip itself may only be a week or two, but the planning can take months.
 
Also, be practical: Where you go matters less than how you do it and who you are with. Build boundaries: Set limits on work while you are away and focus on relaxation not work. 
 
If you don't have time for a proper vacation, experts suggest taking "vacation" time at home! 

 

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