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12 Reasons Why You Should Take a Vacation for Your Health

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11. Improved attention span

Employees who never take time off may be more prone to stress and burnout and are therefore likely to suffer from decreased attention spans. An ability to focus is critical for all kinds of tasks, from driving to crossing the street to double-checking your work to making good decisions. Taking a vacation gives your brain a break and resets your focus and creativity.

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12. Lower risk of metabolic syndrome

As many as one-third of adults in the United States may have metabolic syndrome, which is defined as a cluster of conditions such as elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. A small study conducted by researchers from three universities indicated that when participants took more vacations they experienced a dip in metabolic symptoms and a decreased risk of metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

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