Did you know that executives at some of the largest U.S. companies — from Apple to Whole Foods Market — have amassed as much as a year’s worth of unused vacation days?

From low-level managers to high-level executives, many business leaders don’t take all of their vacation time — or even much of it at all. Here’s why it’s so important to get away:

It’s good for your mind. We are used to always being “on” and that demands a lot of brain power to get through the work day. Turning our minds off helps to reset and fosters clarity. In fact, many people find that they are more creative upon returning from some time away.

It keeps emotions in check. When we are burned out, emotions are heightened. It’s easy to lash out and lose self-control. At worst, people might feel like they need to walk on eggshells around you. Time off can help you feel much better.

Your focus can sharpen. When we are too close to things, we lose perspective and are sometimes close-minded to new ideas. Time away can give you the distance you need to return with a renewed drive and openness to that can serve your business.

You may experience overall increased satisfaction. Vacations are good for the soul. When you are happy, that spills over into your personal and business relationships.

Work-life balance is critical to performance. When was the last time you took time off? If you’re long overdue, why not plan some recharge time? You owe it to you and your business. Whether it’s overseas or just down the street, getting away from the office will serve you well in the long run.

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