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President's Prescription: Health benefits of vacation

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Many people report taking none of their allotted vacation days.

But is putting your nose to the grind stone actually bad for your health? This week, we detail why it’s so important to take time off...

While a lot of us can think of a lot of things that we want to do on vacation -- where we want to go and what we want to do -- the fact of the matter is, a lot of people do not take the vacation that they’re due. In fact, there was a survey from 2014 that revealed that 42% of people that year did not take a single day of their vacation. Now this is especially true when it comes to women and young folks.  But the fact of the matter is, taking vacation can actually be good for your health.

Now that we’re halfway through the year, it’s time to think about using your time while you can. This is especially true since people who regularly take their time off were shown by one study to be 32 percent less likely to die of heart disease. Another study found women who took vacation only every six years or less were nearly eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack than women who vacationed at least twice a year.

Time off is also shown to reduce depression and stress. In fact, time off and leisure activity can have broad positive benefits to emotional health and might even lower blood pressure.

And, people who take time off were often shown to be more productive. One study found that for each 10 hours of annual vacation that employees take, their year-end performance reviews increased by 8 percent. So, failing to take your time off won’t necessarily make you a better employee.

Not everybody has the benefit of having paid vacation time and not everyone can afford to take extravagant trips once or twice a year. But it is very important for you to optimize the time that you have off and make sure that you don’t go into the office on your days off so that you can take it easy. For maintaining good health, I’m Dr. Tedd Mitchell.

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