When was the last time you took a day off? If you can’t remember, you are not alone—and science says that for the sake of your well-being, you should do something about it.
According to a report from Project: Time Off, Americans don’t use all—or even most—of the vacation days they earn. While we accumulate an average of 22.6 days each year, we cash in just 16.8—less than 75 percent. Even when we do get out of the office, we’re still tethered to our jobs. A poll conducted by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 30 percent of those who do take vacation do a "significant" amount of work while they’re gone, and nearly eight in 10 employees are more willing to take time off if they can check in from afar.
There is some good news, however. Vacation has an overwhelmingly positive impact on our personal and professional health, so don’t let the fear of a full inbox, upcoming deadlines, or returning to a heavy workload prevent you from taking a well-deserved break.