The survey determined that those who did not take vacations in the past year were 29% more stressed than those who took two or more.
Boomers love criticizing millennials pretty much every chance they get. We're labeled lazy, coddled, afraid of commitment, and many other such things which I assume are meant to be insulting. However, we're also one of the most stressed-out generations today with crippling education loans, high mortgage rates, and similar financial barriers making it practically impossible for us to take some time off. A recent survey conducted by Celebrity Cruises indicates that millennial women are the ones feeling the most pressure with financial constraints stopping them from going on vacations to blow off steam.
The survey examined over 1,100 people, questioning them on what causes them stress and how taking time away from work has proven to alleviate that tension. It was determined that those who did not take vacations in the past year were 29% more stressed than those who took two or more. This conclusion was reached by asking survey participants to rate their stress levels on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most stressed, the average American said 4.3 out of 10. Of this, the average female millennial rated her stress at 4.8 while gen X women said 4.3 and female baby boomers said 3.8.
According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), stress takes a toll on our mental health as well with symptoms including back pain, headaches, tremors, muscle spasms, stomach pain, insomnia, and difficulty concentrating. High levels of stress may reduce one's life span. Although we may not be able to avoid stress altogether, taking vacations has been found to be a proven means to alleviate it. However, financial constraints come in the way of individuals taking days off with nearly 73% of women and over 63% of men citing lack of money as the reason why they aren't able to go on as many vacations as they'd like.
Meanwhile, of the survey participants, 1 in 3 revealed that they couldn't take enough vacations due to a lack of paid time off. On the other hand, the average American worker earns 10 paid vacation days per year, most of which go unused. This is a complete waste of resources, as taking regular breaks from work has been shown to curb feelings of burnout. It has been found to rejuvenate people and give them a new appreciation for their profession. In fact, around half of the men and women surveyed reported higher levels of productivity after going on vacation.
Taking time off from work is also said to help lower your risk of a heart attack, help you feel more energized, boost happiness, increase relaxation, enhance productivity, and live a longer life. It could be the perfect solution for feeling overwhelmed at work. Those who hadn’t been on vacation in the past year rated their stress a 5.3 on average—29% higher than those who took at least one vacation. In comparison, those who took a vacation once in the last year rated their stress a 4.2, while those who went on more than one vacation in the past year rated their stress a 4.1.