The Value of a Vacation

August 21, 2012 / Michael M. Siegel, MD

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Summer is almost over, and if you haven’t taken any time off from work, you might want to squeeze in a vacation. Research tells us that there are numerous benefits to taking some time away from the daily stresses of work and household. First of all, taking a break from work can actually boost your productivity when you return to the office while also helping avoid burnout. Secondly, getting away from your typical routine can give you a fresh perspective when you return, improving creativity and increasing the likelihood that you will notice new things in your everyday life. And of course, there is the benefit of recharging your batteries and relaxation. If you are on a tight budget, remember that vacation doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Take advantage of the warm weather and go camping. Avoid a costly flight by finding a destination within driving distance and bring food from home for the majority of your meals. How else have you benefited from a vacation?

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