The Health Benefits of a Vacation

200264450-001According to a recent study conducted by the State University of New York at Oswego, men who take annual vacations reduce their overall risk of death by 20 percent and their risk of heart disease by 30 percent because they are given a chance to de-stress. Beyond that, workers who put in 50 hours a week get the same amount of work done as those that put in 40 because fatigue leads to being less productive.

Aside from these facts, if a vacation is still not in your future plans, consider these health benefits…and then call your travel agent:

  • Blood pressure, heart rate and levels of the stress hormone epinephrine decrease after only one or two days on vacations.
  • The effects of exhaustion reduced when individuals have free time to relax, spend time in warm climates, exercise, get a good night’s sleep and meet new people.
  • Vacationers get deeper sleep when their trips are over.
  • Leisure activities have been linked to overall well-being as well as the maintenance of solid physical and mental health.
  • Vacationing decreases the chance of engaging in risky behaviors due to stress, such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and not getting enough sleep.

Encouraging, and requiring, your employees to take vacations will also reap career benefits including burnout prevention and increased creativity. To learn more about implementing a comprehensive wellness program at your organization, contact an AssuredPartners NL Health & Productivity Manager.

Source: Zywave

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