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A cruise ship travels through the Panama Canal. Vacations are essential for business people and help recharge their minds and physical well-being. (Janet Janssen)

In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily pressure of life, with endless to-do lists, social media notifications and the constant pressure to excel. However, many business professionals overlook the incredible power of taking a vacation.

It may seem counterintuitive, but stepping away from work can fortify leadership skills, open creativity and provide invaluable insights.

Before traveling through the Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Mexico cities, I had surrendered to the fact that my business would survive my time off into another aspect of life: vacationing. Upon returning home, with new insights, I explored why vacations are essential for business people and how they recharge our minds and physical well-being.

The Creative Reawakening

Vacations offer a unique opportunity to leave our comfort zones and experience new environments. This change of scenery can stimulate our brains in ways that routine never can. Research conducted by the American Psychological Association has shown that taking time off from work can lead to increased creativity and innovation.

During moments of relaxation, our minds wander freely, allowing us to connect ideas we might not have thought of before. As the famous author Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” When we allow ourselves to relax and let go of the stresses of daily work, we tap into our innate creativity, opening doors to fresh ideas and perspectives.

Recharging Mind and Body

The demands of business life can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. Without regular breaks, burnout becomes a real risk. Vacations provide a much-needed pause button for our bodies and minds. Stepping away from our desks and screens allows us to recharge, re-energize and return to work with renewed vigor.

Physiologically, stress hormones decrease during vacations, and this reduction positively impacts our overall well-being. We sleep better, our immune systems strengthen, and our cognitive abilities improve. In essence, holidays are like a spa day for our entire being.

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A look at the port town of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. (Janet Janssen)

Gaining Perspective

One of the most significant advantages of taking a vacation is gaining a fresh perspective on ourselves and our work. When immersed in the daily grind, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Vacations encourage us to step back and see the forest for the trees.

Michael Bedford once wrote, “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” These moments of respite allow us to reflect on our goals, reevaluate our priorities, and return to work with a clearer sense of purpose.

The Statistics Don’t Lie

Research conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that 79% of leaders believe that taking regular vacations is essential for maintaining their effectiveness at work. This statistic underscores the significance of vacation time in the business world.

Vacations are a luxury and a vital investment in our personal and professional growth. They inspire creativity, recharge our bodies, and give us a fresh perspective on our work. As business leaders, it’s essential to remember that taking a break is not a sign of weakness but a strategy for success. 

Whether to take a cruise or a “stay-cation” in our beautiful Santa Cruz County region, invest in you. So, pack your bags, unplug, and embark on a journey that will refresh your soul and supercharge your leadership skills.

Janet Janssen is a Life in Business coach and public speaker, offering business teams and leadership and public speaking skills. Contact her at [email protected] or 831-335-0553.

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Janet Janssen is a Life in Business coach and consultant who offers training on Leadership, Mindset and Public Speaking. Contact her at [email protected] or visit


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