Relax. The studies are out. Using your paid time off is good for you.
Turn on your out of office message and put your phone on silent. You’ll be too busy making memories with your favorite people while you eat fresh seafood, ride bikes along the breathtaking Discovery Trail, and explore 28 miles of pristine, Washington coastline.
If you aren’t convinced, here are 7 reasons to put that time off request in now.
1. It improves your physical health.
Feeling tense? That’s not your imagination. Work impact your physical health, whether you’re sitting at a desk or on your feet all day.
Taking a break leads to big improvements in sleept quality, physical complaints and blood pressure. At the very least, it gives you a chance to let your body relax. And who doesn’t need that once and a while?
2. It improves your mental health.
Work can get stressful, and even stress free jobs can take their toll on you. Taking time off is as much for your brain as it is for your body.
Studies show that beaches in particular reduce stress and boost your mood. From the sea breeze to the sound of the waves, the beach practically begs you to relax.
3. It decreases burnout.
Burnout is real, and taking time off is just the medicine you need to prevent it.
When you take time off work, you give yourself a chance to reset. You’ll return to work feeling refreshed and more productive because of it.
4. It increases productivity and creativity.
This goes back to preventing burnout. If you’re struggling to come up with new ideas or focus, time off is exactly what you need.
Studies show that taking vacation increases your chance of getting a promotion and improve business metrics. According to a study by the U.S. Travel Assocation, managers even associate happiness with productivity.
5. It improves your relationships.
Taking time off is good for your family relationships, romance, and even your work relationships. After all, happiness is contagious, and it’s better than any souviner you’ll bring back.
You might even inspire a coworker or friend to use their own time off. And let’s face it: we could all use a vacay.
6. You earned that time.
Bottom line? That PTO is YOUR time. You earned it.
In 2018, a staggering 768 million vacation days went unused in America according to the U.S. Travel Assocation. That’s billions of dollars in benefits wasted.
You work hard, and you deserve to take your earned time off. Whether it’s a few days or a week, your mind and body will thank you for it.
7. Even planning a trip increases happiness.
There’s no need to wait. Studies show that simply planning your trip increases happiness. It gives you something to look forward to, after all.
Plus, a well planned trip means you get to spend more time relaxing, which is really key to having a happy vacay.
We have all the resources you need to help you plan a relaxing and fun trip to the coast. Reach out if you have questions and request your free trip planner today.