Take A Vacation If You Want To Live Longer

Want to know the secret to my career success?

Taking LOTS of time off. (Every 3-4 months, to be exact.)

Time off has always been my personal rule. Taking time away from work 100% rejuvenates my mind and body – by the time I return to Nashville, I’m always ready to hit the ground running, with new and fresh ideas to increase the efficiency of Skin Solutions Dermatology. I truly believe that I would never have been as effective throughout my career, had I not taken a break every once in a while.

Little did I know – not only does this benefit me and my dermatology practice, but new research shows that it could even extend my lifespan!

The University of Helsinki released research that followed 1,222 middle-aged male executives born between 1919-1934 for 40 years. Their results were more dramatic than one would expect…

They found that those who took only 3 weeks (or less) of vacation a year had a greater chance of dying, compared to those who took more than 3 weeks off.

I constantly read about how 33% of workers are permanently stressed out – and yet, 52% of American workers also report having unused vacation days at the end of the year.

We forfeited 212 million paid vacation days last year in America – which equates to $62.2 billion in lost benefits. And, that means that employees actually end up donating an average of $561 a year to their employers.

I do also understand that 41% of working Americans don’t even get paid vacation time though, so they feel like they can’t take any time off – even here in Nashville.

But consider this statistic: those who actually take their vacation have a 6.5% better chance of getting a promotion or raise, compared to those who don’t take 11 or more days of their time off.

As we start a new year here in Nashville, I would urge you to think critically about when you’re allowing for your mind and body to recharge: if you’re constantly working yourself into the ground, it’s likely that you’re focused on achieving something in the short-term…

But by taking more vacation, it can yield far better career opportunities (you’re more likely to come back home with a Big Idea) – and a longer life! We can’t put a price on that.

Source: The University of Helsinki and Project Time Off

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD

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