Tracey Briggs, MA, Supervisor
You were probably expecting another outstanding article from our Health Education Consultant, Lauren Lewis, but Lauren has GONE FISHING!
Rest assured, Lauren’s fitness tips will return in July after her much-needed vacation. In the meantime, let’s consider the value of taking vacations from your normal day-to-day to contribute to your overall well-being. Studies have shown that breaking away from your job can have psychological, physical, and holistic health benefits.
There is a distinct correlation between stress and physical and mental health. We know that stress is a major contributor to cardiovascular diseases, decreased immune strength, and digestive and sleep problems.
To avoid the harmful effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This recovery process requires “switching off” from work. Allowing yourself periods of time when you are neither engaging in work-related activities nor thinking about work is of profound benefit.
If it has been a while since your last vacation, or even if it hasn’t, consider planning and scheduling your next getaway soon. UNM offers great leave benefits, so don’t put off taking time away! Remember, there is a maximum amount of leave you can accrue. Be sure to converse with your manager/supervisor now to ensure you can request and take leave in consideration of the business needs of your department.
There are many benefits to taking a vacation away from work, such as stress reduction, heart disease prevention, productivity improvement, and better sleep. Take the time you have earned to rest and recharge in order to be a happier and healthier you!
If you need assistance with various aspects of your wellness, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.