Everyone deserves a break

Published 7:47 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer is traditionally a time for vacation. Whether digging one’s toes into the sand beside the ocean or taking in the awesome grandeur of the mountains, North Carolina is a state that offers the best of both worlds.

According to a 2012 study published in “Current Directions in Psychological Science,” people who detach from their work during off-hours and leisure time are generally more satisfied with their lives and experience fewer instances of psychological strain.

For many, drawing the line between time off and work can be difficult, even when on vacation. The constant need to check email, return phone calls and carry on with business is a nagging and persistent force.

According to studies conducted by Glassdoor.com, 66 percent of Americans report doing some type of work during vacation. At the same time, the average U.S. employee only takes about half of the time off he or she is eligible to receive.

The sad fact is, not everyone can afford to take a vacation. Paid time off is a benefit that is not enjoyed by all, and for many of us, doing 40 hours each week, without vacation, is the only way to keep the lights on.

If you’re one of those lucky ones who can afford to get away, seize the opportunity fully. Set up an away message letting the world know you won’t be available. Put your phone in a drawer and ignore it. Throw yourself wholeheartedly into something that isn’t work. Seize the opportunity to throw away the work to be done and enjoy yourself. You deserve it.