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Why You Should Be Taking Your Vacation Days

02 February 2018 Written by   Published in blog

Americans are perhaps one of the most overworked populations in the world. According to Bloomberg, Americans work 25% more than Europeans. We also retire later, put in more work hours, and take fewer vacation days.

But why do Americans work so hard? One of the most common reasons is fear. 

Many Americans get to the office early, leave late, and check their work email in their free time out of fear of being unemployed, not getting a promotion, or not being recognized for their work ethic. However, this fear caused 662 million vacation days to be left on the table in 2016.

Here are a few reasons why it's a good idea to take those vacation days and to pull back a little from your everyday workload.

Vacations benefit your health
Up to 52% of adults report feeling more refreshed after a vacation. This is because vacations help to reduce stress, according to the American Psychology Association. When you're away from the office (and you don't check your emails!), you experience less muscle pain and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Why? By working incessantly, Americans are more likely to experience burnout and suffer from physical side effects of stress. However, a vacation in California or relaxing at a hotel by the beach can keep stress from affecting the body for up to five weeks after the vacation has ended. 

Vacations help you work better
Stress can cause company culture to become hostile and ultimately impacts work productivity. When you take the time to relax on vacation, stay in Manhattan Beach hotels, and explore the South Bay area you're reducing your stress and anxiety.

As a result, when you come back to the office you're more likely to be positive and productive. To take time off is to refresh oneself and come back a better person.

However, for a vacation to Manhattan Beach to work for stress relief, employees can't work during vacation time. Many Americans will feel the need to check their work emails or work phone for updates. However, checking work emails during vacation time has proven to actually increase stress.

Therefore, when you go to take your Paid Time Off, trust your co-workers and don't feel guilty for your vacation days. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view Manhattan Beach hotels provide.