It’s time to take a vacation. On average, Americans receive between 12 to 14 days of paid vacation each year, a record low compared to other economically-developed countries. In addition, the Families and Works Institute found that most Americans do not even take their entire vacation time, resulting in a total of 429 million unused vacation days amongst American workers. Americans are zealously dedicated to their work and usually think of time off as a luxury instead of a necessity; but taking an extended break from work has significant mental, emotional, and physical health benefits.
Physical Health: Research has found that the mental break provided by a vacation is an important part of staying physically healthy. Rest and relaxation allows you to de-stress, which strengthens the immune system. Vacationing is also correlated with heart health; women and men who skipped vacations were more likely to experience a heart attack or develop heart disease. Enjoying leisure time is also linked with lower blood pressure levels.
Mental and Emotional Health: Individuals experience a myriad of mental and emotional benefits from a vacation. Taking a break allows you to de-stress, and while most people experience some level of stress in their daily lives, allowing it to build up can take a significant toll on your emotional and physical well-being, leaving you more vulnerable to sickness, depression, and burn out (exhaustion caused by prolonged stress). Time away from your daily responsibilities, gives you a new perspective on your situation and can leave you feeling more positive and excited about life. Vacation is even good for your career; people who took breaks from work are more productive, creative, and focused.
Visit the Real Local Pages (RLP) website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, to find hotels and resorts for your next vacation. Real Local Pages is an online directory of businesses and services throughout the United States. Choose your location, then search for businesses by entering key words like “hotel” into the search box on the main page. Users can also search the RLP website by choosing from the popular categories list on the home page. Each business listing on the results page will show the address and phone number of the location. RLP is useful for finding a variety of businesses, from resorts to electricians.