Westchester August 2018

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The Value of a Great Vacation GREETINGS FROM NAPA VALLEY

This summer, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Napa Valley. The scenery was spectacular. It was a sight to see the endless vineyards with the tall mountains in the background. My wife and I are both so busy with work and our children, but we try to get away together at least once a year. We love our family more than anything, but once in a while we need to take some time for just the two of us to reconnect as a couple.

Additionally, we both know how important it is to take a break and disconnect fromwork. I know I’m not the only person who feels refreshed coming off a vacation. There is plenty of research that shows feeling energized after taking time off isn’t just from getting a bit more sleep — it really is good for your health!

THERE IS PLENTY OF RESEARCH THAT SHOWS FEELING ENERGIZED AFTER TAKING TIME OFF ISN’T JUST FROM GETTING A BIT MORE SLEEP — IT REALLY IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Another benefit of vacations almost sounds like a paradox: By taking time off work, you become more productive. Ernst & Young, a professional services firm, found that for every additional 10 hours of vacation time their employees took, their year-end performance rates increased by 8 percent. Even mandatory vacations can have the same positive effect. A study from the Boston Consulting Group reported that high- level professionals who are required to take time off tend to be more productive than those who spent more consecutive time working. When you run your own business, it can be hard to take that necessary vacation time. Fortunately, I have a great business partner. Harrison and I have a mutual respect for each other’s time off. That is one of the many reasons our relationship works so well. It’s great to have a partner who recognizes your need to get away from the office and who you can count on to keep the ship sailing while you’re away. I could enjoy wine tasting in Napa Valley with my wife without worrying I would come back to find both our practices had burned down.

The most obvious benefit of vacationing is stress reduction. In 2015, the American Psychological Association determined that vacations reduce stress by removing people from the activities and environments they associate with stress and anxiety. And this stress reduction lasts long after you clock back in after your vacation. A study from the University of Vienna found that even five weeks after their vacation had ended, people continued to report fewer stress-related complaints like headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities. Speaking of the heart, taking the occasional vacation has also been found to improve cardiovascular health. The Framingham Heart Study, the largest and longest-running study of cardiovascular disease, found that men who didn’t take a single vacation for many years were 30 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack. This study also noted that women who took a vacation at least twice a year were eight times less likely to develop coronary heart disease when compared to women who took vacations once every six years or less.

-Dr. Michael Graffeo

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