They’ve mastered one of the best ways to de-stress: taking time off and getting away.
Wealthy Americans go on six vacations a year on average, says Neil Wertheimer, writing for AARP Magazine.
That time off can do you a world of good, say experts.
“Relaxing and getting away from your worries — both personal and professional — can help lower anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure, which can in turn lower the risk of heart disease and chronic illness caused by stress,” says Hilary White in an article for PopSugar.
Getting away frequently doesn’t necessarily mean blowing a lot of money, says Wertheimer. Most wealthy people – 77 percent, to be exact – fly economy. And a vacation break can be as short as a day or two, as long as you feel you’re getting an escape from the usual place or routine.
“If the wealthy can find six times a year to get away, so can you,” counsels Wertheimer, “even if it’s just jumping in the car and visiting an old friend for a weekend.”
Did you know? Most Americans who are given paid vacation time-off by their companies don’t take all of it. 61 percent of Americans work while on vacation, and almost half of all Americans claim they do not take any vacation days.
Don’t think abstaining from using vacation time makes you a more effective or valuable worker. In fact, research says the opposite is true. Vacation breaks are critical to avoiding burn-out, so take the time off and enjoy!