Have you ever taken two weeks off at once? Three weeks? A month? How did it feel? Was it actually too long to be away from the grind? New research from the University of Tampere in Finland suggests “that eight days is the perfect amount of time to achieve the maximum amount of relaxation and happiness without growing bored or homesick.”
The study revealed that the positive benefits of a vacation kick in on day 1, but it takes 8 days to enjoy the full relaxing benefit of being away from work. Conversely, after 11 days the benefits rapidly decrease. A sense of regularity and balance contribute to the diminishing feeling of peace and relaxation beyond the 8 day mark. Yes, part of your well-being is ROUTINE! Sorry!
Regardless of how long you take off work, the positive benefits don’t last ANY longer once you’re back at work! You’ll soon forget most of the good times/details! So why take it in the first place? Well, the study also revealed that intermittent, shorter breaks have greater overall benefit than one long vacation (several weeks at once) It’s better for your health to spread your time off throughout the year in other words. Some workplaces demand employees take the time off they’ve earned in order to keep a happy (more sane!) workforce.