Here at Hut, we understand that working long days, and putting in tons of extra hours to get a project done is something that just becomes the “norm” after a while. While, this does get a lot accomplished, it often leave one feeling depleted, and unmotivated to continue after continuously operating this way. So like you, we look forward to vacations!

We did a bit of research and came up with a solid list of why YOU, yes, YOU, deserve a vacation, and what it may help you accomplish! (Don’t forget to top off that glass of vino for this list)…

1. Time off is medicine…why you need a vacation as a small business owner

“Time off is medicine. Studies show that vacations are as important as watching your cholesterol or getting exercise. An annual holiday can cut the risk of heart attack in men by 30 percent and in women by 50 percent. Vacations have been shown to cure burnout, the last stage of chronic stress, epidemic in today’s 24-7. Time away from the source of stressors helps regather crashed emotional resources, such as a sense of mastery and social support. But here’s the catch: It takes two weeks for that process to occur. You can’t get those recuperative benefits from a long weekend.” – National Geographic

2. The benefits of vacations extend to family relationships…

“The benefits of vacations extend to family relationships. An international group of researchers led by Purdue University Xinran Lehto concluded that family vacations contribute positively to family bonding, communication and solidarity. Vacations promote what is called the “crescive bond” (in sociological parlance, a “shared experience”) by fostering growing and enduring connections. Shared family memories and time spent together isolated from ordinary everyday activities (school, work, and so on) help to promote these positive ties. Though family vacations can have their own share of stress, the benefits outweigh the risks, even in families that are not particularly close, according to Lehto and co-authors.” – Psychology Today

3. Lack of playtime keeps you from taking in information effectively…

“It’s a little like sleep deprivation, according to physicians and psychotherapists. Just as lack of sleep impedes your ability to think clearly and act decisively, lack of playtime keeps you from taking in information effectively and seeing the totality of a situation. Lack of sleep and play both have a negative impact on your reflex time, general resilience and ability to ward off infection. Recreation deprivation also makes you cranky, and often more than a little critical of the people in your organization who do have the good sense to take care of themselves.” – Monster.com

4. Never taking time off can set off a wide range of issues…

“It’s easy to see an absent employee as a bad thing for business, but an employee who’s never absent may actually be worse. Numerous studies have shown that never taking time off can set off a wide range of issues, from health problems to burnout. In Success Under Stress, author Sharon Melnick writes that 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and 70% of healthcare provider visits are due to stress-related conditions. Employee vacations have a precise ending; physical and mental health problems do not.” – Forbes

5. Having new and interesting experiences on a trip…

“Often people get into a mindless routine at work and home, which can be broken if they distance themselves once in a while, says Dr. Ellen Langer, a psychology professor at Harvard University, in an interview on the health benefits of vacationing and travel with CNN. Uninterrupted routines tend to result in boredom, which hinders creativity and mindfulness, she says, and is therefore counterproductive. By contrast, having new and interesting experiences on a trip, for example, can be brought back to the workplace and enhance one’s performance.” – Huffington Post

6. Vacation time also lets you pursue other interests…

“Vacation time also lets you pursue other interests. For leaders, being away from your work environment for a longer period of time will allow you to gain a fresh perspective on the vision you have for your organization. For employees, summer vacations offer time to reflect on new ways that you can help your team accomplish long-term projects.” – Medical Daily