After the past year-plus all of us have had, a summer vacation sounds pretty good. And with more and more people receiving vaccinations, the places we all want to see are quickly reopening.

Some employers are even making it easier to take time off by relaxing use-it-or-lose-it policies and pulling back on restrictions about when employees can take vacation. With all this in mind, here are a few good reasons why you should get away from work for a while.

Hitting the reset button is good

Many of us have been going at it hard since last year. Working remotely may sound fun, but it also presents the challenge of making it tough to separate home from the office. Now is the time to put work aside and regroup. Even if you just take a staycation, the act of pulling yourself away from the laptop or workplace will do wonders.

It will help your relationships

If you’re constantly putting in long hours at the office or checking your phone and email all evening, the important people in your life will start feeling neglected. Even a short vacation allows you to unplug from your job and spend time with loved ones. They are the people who mean the most in your life.

Time off breaks up monotony

As simple as it sounds, time off gives you something positive to anticipate. Working day after day gets old after a while, even if your job offers good variety. Looking forward to a few days off makes your workweek a little less stressful even if you have a few loose ends to tie up before you clock out.

No one likes a work martyr

Refusing to take time off isn’t a badge of honor. It makes you look like you have nothing else going on in life. Bragging or complaining about working all the time also annoys your co-workers. No one likes a work martyr, the person in the office who gripes about not being able to take time off. If your company owner or manager can take a vacation, you can, too.

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