Are you dying for your job? There have been numerous studies done on the affect vacations, or the lack thereof, have on our health and wellbeing. We physically NEED vacations. We need time to unplug, recharge, take a step back and re-evaluate… Let’s face it, we need time to chill! Market Watch published a story in May of this year asking the question Why don’t American’s take what’s their vacations that are due? “Fear,” says Scott Dobroski, career trends analyst at Glassdoor. “That’s the underscoring theme.” They fear getting behind on their work (34%), believe no one else at their company can do the work while they’re out (30%), they are completely dedicated to their company (22%), and they feel they can never be disconnected (21%). As workers shoulder a heavier work-load post-recession, he says others are afraid of not meeting goals.

The Global Wellness Institute recently shared statistics that 54% of American employees did not take all the vacation time they were due. They worked 662 million more days than they should have, giving 668 million days back to employers. This month Elizabeth Scott, wellness coach and award-winning blogger, published a very comprehensive Wellness Feature for the Florida Spa Association on the value of vacations that is definitely worth the read. Not only are vacations good for your health they are good for all your personal relationship, so take a break and relax. You will feel better and be more productive.