When working in a marketing agency, your day-to-day activities are stressful, hectic and challenging. You start to become numb to your surroundings and everything becomes about your current projects, organizational tasks or, even worse, lists upon lists of what needs to get done the following day. Not only is the life in the marketing industry chaotic, so is the world in general. People never take a moment to slow down and experience the life they are given. According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and Expedia, 33 percent of us leave vacation days on the table. Getting away from your work surroundings has never been more important for your health and your mentality. Here are 5 excuses for you to book your next vacation, yesterday:
1. Time away will give you more energy on a daily basis.
In 2011, Andrew Sheng and Robert Johnson from Business Insider stated, “Experts from the University of
Pittsburgh and Radboud University both said that people had more energy and felt more satisfied with life on vacation.”
Recently my husband and I took a trip to Las Vegas. While not the most relaxing vacation, just the energy and life that Vegas brings really helped me forget about work and just focus on my husband and I having an amazing time. The lights, music and dancing had a lasting impression on us. When we returned, we were still hyped about what we had just experienced.
Brenda Wilson from NPR states, “Researchers from the center surveyed 1,399 participants who’d been recruited for four other studies on breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions. They were asked how often they’d spent the previous month doing something they enjoyed. Leisure, including vacation…contributed to more positive emotions and fewer negative emotions and depression.”
2. The time away from work is when we can have our best ideas!
Robert Kriegel, the author of How To Succeed In Business Without Working So Damn Hard said that many workers get their best ideas away from work.”
Los Angeles psychologist Robert Butterworth told ABC News, “The break will allow you to refresh your brain cells.”
Andrew Medal recently wrote an article for Entrepreneur.com called 14 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. He said that most of his personal creativity comes from the world around him.
“The moment I try to ‘get in the zone’ and start getting creative is typically the moment where I feel the creative block,” he said. “Exploring the world eyes wide open will give you the creative fodder you need.”
3. Acting like a kid again, who wouldn’t want that?
Following a strict schedule day in and day out is draining. When you’re focused, stressed and always on your toes, you forget about the little things that make life enjoyable, such as laughing, dancing and goofing around.
Being on vacation, you don’t have to wake up at a certain time. You can just relax and do whatever the hell you want. Perrrrfection.
4. Time in the sun allows for a more productive, happier day at work.
According to Sheng and Johnson, “34 percent of professionals come back from vacations and are more productive. They also feel better about their jobs.”
Sunshine is known to boost levels of serotonin, which is the body’s natural happy hormone! That’s why people love summer. People are more energetic and feel genuinely happier. The sun also lowers melatonin levels, which helps regulate sleep so you feel more awake and ready to go when you wake up.
5. Show confidence in taking off; it speaks volumes to your boss and your co-workers!
If you aren’t using the paid vacation you have, you are essentially working for free. Taking your time off shows that you are letting your boss’s know you are important and you deserve the time off. It also encourages co-workers around you to do the same!
So … after all that, what’s your next destination?