Do you need a vacation?

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Are you overworked? Are you tired? Is it hard to separate work and personal time? In need of a vacation? From where I sit, the answer is yes. My clients and colleagues work very hard. So, why aren’t you using your vacation time?

The Q1 2014 Employment Confidence Survey by Glassdoor reveals that employees are only using 51% of their available time off. 15% of you took no time off in the past 12 months. That’s unbelievable to me. If you have paid time off, please use. It’s really essential to relax and rejuvenate for your emotional and physical health. Taking time off can also help you be more efficient and effective when you return to work.

The Glassboro survey also showed that 61% of employees do some work while on vacation. This one is more challenging. While I think we all need and deserve uninterrupted time off, I know that in reality it’s not that easy. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of technology is that we all spend more time working and have a harder time disconnecting from work. To problem solve this aspect of the study, it will be important to figure out why you’re working on your day off. Will you fall behind? Is it expected and the norm at your company? Are you avoiding problems in your personal life?

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Sharon Martin, a licensed counselor and psychotherapist in the San Jose area, specializes in helping adult children of alcoholics and others who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and self-criticism. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Campbell, CA where she is available for in-person counseling. Sharon is also the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism.