9 Ways Skipping Vacation Can Be Bad for You

By Amanda Weiss

It’s common to want to take a vacation, at least once a year. But often, people in America don’t take the time for a trip, or at least a break from the grind. Something of a “workaholic” culture seems widespread among the working classes nowadays. Regardless of the reason, not taking a break can have harmful consequences. Vacation is a time to relax and recuperate, and can bring a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. Whether you travel far, or stay close to home, time off can be beneficial to your health and well-being. If you’re convinced, here are 9 ways skipping that vacation time can be bad for you.

1) Increased Risk of Heart Disease

If you don’t take any vacation time, you may be putting yourself at a higher risk for heart disease. In both and women, there is an increased risk of cardiovascular issues associated with long, non-stop work. Data from the Framingham study, which was started in 1948, supports this trend. It shows that women homemakers were more likely to develop heart problems if they only vacationed at least once every 6 years. These women were twice more likely to have heart attacks than women who vacationed at least twice annually. In both men and women, a 10-hour work day increases coronary heart risk by 80%. This data was compiled in a review article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, covering decades of studies. Overall, the stress you experience from continuous work can lead to dangerous cardiovascular issues.