Work/Life Balance

Research Finds Skimping on Vacations Is Bad for Your Health

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Workaholic lawyers may want to take note of research that suggests skimping on vacations can be bad for your health.

Arnold Pallay, the head of Changebridge Medical Associates in Montville, N.J., told the New York Post that the location isn’t important. “The key thing is getting away, hopefully without the BlackBerry,” he said.

Avoiding vacations is a particular problem for less affluent workers and for well-to-do owners of small businesses, Pallay told the newspaper. “These people just don’t take real vacation time,” he said.

The Post cited this research:

• Men who skipped annual vacations were about 20 percent more likely to die over a nine-year period than men who consistently took vacations.

• In a study of 1,500 women, those who took vacations only once in two years were more likely to be depressed, tense, fatigued and dissatisfied with their marriages than women who took time off at least twice a year.

• Women who don’t take regular vacations are twice as likely to have a heart attack, and men are a third more likely to have a heart attack.

Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.

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