If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions this year or you’ve already given up on the ones you did make– there’s one resolution for you to embrace: take more vacations. Now, I know you might be thinking something along the lines of, “Ha! I haven’t taken a vacation in years,” or “No way can I afford to take time off of work,” but trust me on this one, you need a vacation.

You might admire your coworkers who hardly leave their desk, work extra hours and never use their time off because they look like such hard workers. These habits aren’t healthy or productive though. Research indicates that if we all took more time off we’d feel re-energized with an improved family and social life, not to mention healthier, more stimulated and productive at work.

Why Does It Matter?

Many companies give their employees paid vacation; however, most of them don’t even use it. In fact, more than half of American workers left a total of 658 million vacation days unused in 2015, which leaves employees with poor office morale leading to burnout. 

If you’re experiencing burnout (we’ve all been there before!), it’s time you take vacation. Not only will it help you, but it benefits the whole company believe it or not. You may feel guilty or you may feel like you’ll appear lazy for taking days off work, but your boss should actually be thanking you for saving them time and money. 

Plus, your family will thank you too! When you take a vacation with your family, you can enjoy quality time with your kids and spouse which will ultimately bring you closer together and help you develop shared experiences and stronger communication. 

Here are some of the other benefits of vacation:

  • Mental and physical health boost
  • Shrink stress and anxiety
  • Less likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack
  • Fewer negative feelings or depression
  • Higher energy levels and more life satisfaction

So How Can You Win Back Your Lost Week? 

Research shows us that Americans are taking almost a full week less of vacation compared to years past. The single most important step you can take is to plan your time off in advance. January 31 marks National Plan for Vacation Day, so mark your calendar and plan your vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. 

Before you start making excuses and filling up this year’s calendar, take a moment and plan your dream vacation here. By telling us what your dream vacation looks like, you’re automatically entered for your chance to win it!  

Vacations on Florida’s Space Coast

From relaxing on serene beaches and paddling through waterways to enjoying activities fit for the whole family such as Kennedy Space Center and the Brevard Zoo,  you can de-stress and re-energize all while providing your family with memories that will last a lifetime. 

To learn more about the adventures awaiting you on Florida’s Space Coast, click here