It’s a fact: People who take vacations have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals. When I met my husband he never took regular vacations. That was so weird for me. Being from another country I grew up always going on two or three vacations a year and we were practically born with passports. We were just a middle class family from Panama. Nothing fancy but not to have a passport wasn't an option in my family. Even when my kids were born they both had passports as soon as we could get them. So I always found it odd that many Americans didn't have passports and don't take the needed vacation for their psyche. There is proof that Vacations Relieve Stress and Overall Health. Forbes recently reported that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. They say almost 1-in-4 Americans do not receive any paid vacation or paid holidays, trailing far behind most of the rest of the world’s rich nations.
This scares me as I think of my husband and I at midlife. In this day and age americans are working more and retiring later. Our bodies will burn out if we can't recharge. I have always pushed my family to take vacations regardless of our financial state of affairs. When things are good we go big and head abroad. When things are lean we jump in the car and drive to a great city and do an economical trip. Then there are the years that only a stay-cation is affordable. But we ALWAYS take a Vacation! Our family gets stronger, we get a break, and our mental state gets a healing. As we age I think this is even more important. There's a report suggesting that American companies are doing a disservice to their employees. View this report on No-Vacation Nation Revisited and see where we stand in relation to other countries. It's an eye opener.
Now that I have set you up on the importance of vacations. I am going to be taking off the month of July. My hope is that all of my readers are also taking a break and enjoying their family and friends for the summer. For the month of July I will be re-posting some of the favorite blogs that readers commented on. They will still come every Wednesday. I ask you to please forward the blogs and share with friends. Ask them to Friend and LIKE Matuschka's Midlife Mayhem or follow me on twitter @MatuschkaLindo. If you have a favorite you want me to post feel free to message me (or email if you get my blogs by email). In August I will be back posting New Blogs and sharing some midlife summer moments and thoughts. Be safe, during your summer travels. Thank you so much for reading my blogs and for all your continued support! Spread the Word!
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