Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Vacation deprivation

Here are some depressing statistics about vacationing from Amy Joyce's recent " Life at Work" column:

  • One in four American workers plans to work while on vacation in 2006.
  • Also in 2006, American workers are expected to give back 574 million vacation days.

I know how it is to feel like you're too busy to take a vacation. I was there; I know what it's like. There was a time when I had come to the perverse conclusion that it would be better for me stress-wise not to take a vacation, or to take only the bare minimum time off needed to placate the wife and kids. By avoiding the crunches that I would have to endure to prepare for and to make up for the vacation, I'd be better off ... somehow. (It all made sense back then.)

Then I went through some serious stress-related health problems—neck and back aches, insomnia, the works—and I finally realized it was a state-of-mind problem: Sometimes, you just have to put your well-being first.

Easier said than done, I know. But as someone said, nobody on his deathbed ever said, "I wish I'd spent more time working."

—Mellow Monk

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