Tristan talks about why you should take a break. According to the U.S Travel Association, in 2018, 55% of Americans did not use all of their vacation time. In that same year, the U.S. Travel Association reported that American workers accumulated 768 million unused vacation days. Take some time to yourself. Everyone around you will benefit and the work will still be there.
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. This week let’s talk about why you should take a break.
According to the U.S Travel Association, in 2018, 55% of Americans did not use all of their vacation time. In that same year, the U.S. Travel Association reported that American workers accumulated 768 million unused vacation days. That’s wild and probably one of the reasons why burnout was recognized by the World Health Organization as an occupational phenomenon.
There are so many reasons why people don’t use their PTO or create breaks for themselves but by far the biggest one is guilt. More than half of U.S. workers ― around 54 percent — reported feeling guilty about taking vacation time either sometimes, often or always, according to a survey of more than 2,000 full-time workers in the United States by TurnKey Vacation Rentals.
With more people working from home and staying indoors due to the coronavirus, it has become increasingly difficult for people to unplug and most have begun working even longer hours. It is hard to draw a distinction between work and personal time when you’re working from home which can increase your stress levels. Many of us think well I’m at home or I will be at home, why would I take PTO?
Well let me answer that, according to a study looking at the work habits of more than 600,000 people in the US, UK, and Australia, people who work more than 55 hours a week are 33% more likely to suffer a stroke and have a 13% greater risk of heart attack than those who work 35-40 hours weekly.
Now I’m sure you’re like, well since I can’t take an actual vacation, what should I do? May you simply take a day to devote to yourself, read book, or watch a movie. Maybe you take a day to devote to spending time with your kids so you can feel better later in the week when you’re not able to be 100% present. You could go hiking, learn a new skill, or even get to some of those home projects you’ve been wanting to do. Whatever it is, just make sure to be mindful in the moment and shut out thoughts about work.
Look, this year has been a crazy one. Between the pandemic, racial injustice, and the contentious election we have been living in a state of perpetual stress and anxiety. Take some time to yourself. I know sometimes it can feel easier said than done, but taking a break is worth it. Everyone around you will benefit and believe me, the work will still be there.
Thanks for tapping in with me this week. I look forward to talking to you next week!
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