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Give Yourself a Break

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by Sue Aubuchon, Benefits Manager, Beaumont Health System

Why you should take a vacationWhen was the last time you took a vacation?  If it takes more than 5 seconds to answer this question, it’s been too long! According to a 2010 survey, Expedia found that the average American earned 18 vacation days – but only used 14 of them. And according to Expedia’s data, only 38 percent of Americans said they used all of their vacation time, compared to 63 percent of French respondents.

Here are a few benefits of taking vacation time:

Time off allows you to spend quality time with family and friends.

  • Vacations allow the body to replenish and repair itself.
  • Time off inspires creativity. We come up with our best ideas when we’re relaxed.
  • You get the time to just have fun and enjoy yourself.
  • Taking time off actually improves your work performance.

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Address Your Stress

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Stress Awareness MonthFamily.

Money.

Health.

Career.

All factors that contribute to your stress level. April is National Stress Awareness month and a recent survey showed that eight in ten employed Americans are stressed out by at least one thing about their jobs. The focus of the Beaumont Blog this week is going to be achieving a work-life balance and de-stressing your life.

Tuesday – Dr. Luke Elliott, Beaumont family medicine, will discuss how stress has a negative impact on your health and takes a toll on your body.

Wednesday – Lucy Sternburgh, Beaumont Employee Wellness & Community Health Promotion Manager, explains the small steps you can take at work that will result in healthy gains.

Thursday – Integrative medicine offers solutions for dealing with stress and anxiety. Karen Armstrong, Beaumont integrative medicine, talks about the variety of services available.

Friday – Spending time away from the office and unplugging from your daily work is an important piece of unwinding and de-stressing. We’ll talk about the importance of your vacation time.

According to an infographic from OnlinePsychologyDegree.net, 28.8% of Americans will suffer anxiety in their lifetime; more than anywhere else in the world.

So there you have it, a week’s worth of posts dedicated to your mental health and well-being.  Subscribe to blog to receive email updates or keep checking back this week to see how you can “address your stress”! What are your major causes of stress? How do you unwind and relax?

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