Unlike many Americans, I’ve never had a problem taking vacation days. As a matter of fact, when I was a part of the 9-5 set, I’d use ALL of my sick, personal, and vacation days (and then some) when I needed a break or wanted to take a short excursion because…well, why not?
Despite owning a business and being a freelance writer & author, I don’t believe in working myself until I drop. I mean, there’s a thin line between grinding hard and going “Karōshi” (the Japanese term for “death from overwork”), and I intended to stay on this side of the living.
While most people won’t kill over from putting in extra hours at the office, pulling long shifts can reek havoc on your life, cause relationship drama, and generally suck.
But in case you need more reasons to cash in your vacation time and go on a trip (or just chill), here’s 17 reasons to use your vacation days THIS YEAR!
#1 Working too much can kill you, especially if you work overtime.
Yes, seriously. Via the Guardian: “The research shows a 60% increase in heart-related illness such as non-fatal heart attacks and angina in those who work for three hours or more longer than a normal seven-hour day.”
#2 You don’t really need a new car.
I know you think you do, and I know they’re pretty, but if you have less than 100k (and maybe even 250k) miles on your hoopty, you need to keep the riding that sucker till the wheels fall off. And even then, they probably won’t. Don’t believe me? Via Forbes: “Today’s cars are built to last as long as 250,000 miles or more with simple routine care,” says ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician and Chicago Tribune auto-service columnist Bob Weber.
#3 Working too many hours can actually make you stupider.
You may think you can pull long hours without consequence, but working too much can actually damage your brain. A 2009 study, found “working hours may have a negative effect on cognitive performance in middle age,” including a decline in reasoning and vocabulary.
#4 Mexican food tastes so much better in Mexico (or in L.A., whichever’s closer).
#5 You won’t have to yell at your kids to clean their room if you’re in a hotel.
#6 There are no dishes to wash after dinner (and you don’t even have to cook!).
#7 You can act a fool without caring if anybody judges you (as long as you keep it off Facebook…and Instagram…and Twitter).
#8 You can have a drink (or 3!) with breakfast and not feel like an alcoholic.
#9 Taking a week off will make your boss appreciate you that much more.
#10 You can finally be the one flooding everybody’s Facebook feed with annoyingly awesome photos that make people hate-like them.
#11 You can finally read that book everybody was raving about three years ago.
#12 You’ve already binged-watched Scandal, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black; your weekends are wide open.
#14 Wait, your passport is about to expire, and you still don’t have any stamps yet?
#15 You’re young, single, and ready to mingle
#16 You’re not so young, married, and have a couple of kids; who needs a break more than you?
#17 You’ve only got 2 weeks off, USE THEM!