When you are working a high stress job, you deserve a vacation every now and then, not to mention it’s good for your health.
A recent study done by the University of Vienna found that vacation has both positive and negative health impacts. More often than not, the effects are positive. The more you are stressed at work the more you will enjoy your vacation. Here’s the key though, according to the study, you need to plan your trip. Planning helps people pack their vacation days with both rest, relaxation and some fun activities. It’s much easier to relax on your vacation, when your vacation has a plan. Not planning, on the other hand, added stress to vacationers’ trips.
In fact, according to the study, the most crucial part of a vacation is really taking the time to plan how you will decompress. More and more workers are not really taking “real” vacations, meaning, they are connecting to work via email or phone once a day or more. This does not allow the worker to really disconnect from the work stress. You need to plan for getting good sleep, exercising, and socializing in order to fully recharge. The study also found that vacations taken in warmer climate make you feel better.
Are you one of those folks who can’t seem to unplug from work? Do you worry that the office will fall apart if you are gone? Most likely, it won’t, but if you need to plan for being away, give the office plenty of notice and make sure everyone knows how to handle the daily to-dos. Also, let them know what to do in the event of an emergency; establish good communication (and a “worst case scenario”, i.e. call the personal cell only if x); and, maybe tell the office when you will check in and stick to those times only.
Vacations are good for your health, they allow you to relax and rest, which recharges your creativity and productivity. If you need a little help making the actual work place less stressful, here are some tips.