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Why you need to take your vacation days, even if you’re stuck at home

The Active Times logo The Active Times 10/26/2020 Syjil Ashraf
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While the COVID-19 pandemic may have canceled your vacation plans, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking advantage of your paid vacation days to get some rest and take a break from your work. Even if you’re stuck in the house, doing so is vital to your own happiness and productivity once you do get back to work.

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According to a report by the U.S. Travel Association, 85% of managers participating in a study believed that time off allowed their employees to work more efficiently and productively once they were back to work. Yet another study cited in the same report found that 82% of small business owners who took a vacation saw an increase in job performance afterward. So, it's actually good for your managers and job if you step away every now and then.

Even if your travel plans have been canceled, under the present circumstances, it’s important to manage anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic and the everyday stressors that come with it. That includes work. If you’re working from home, it can be quite difficult to differentiate between work and home, but you need time away from your job even if you're not going any farther than your own backyard. And, hey, that yard can be quite fun if you create the ultimate staycation.

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