Being in business is tough! Long days, many nights and even some weekends are required if you want to succeed. There are no shortcuts and for certain, sacrifices must be made. This kind of pace can be maintained for only so long before focus, enthusiasm and stamina start to fade and with diminished energy comes the need for a break (vacations!) to help rebuild the drive to move forward.

The fact is that many business people are loathe to take a vacation and feel that they must maintain the pace and be in the game at all times in order to be successful. This way of thinking is very prevalent yet studies show that taking a break provides workers across all business categories with the renewed energy and creativity required for maximum productivity and success.

Here are three reasons why taking a vacation is important to your business:

Get a new perspective

We all know the cliché, if it’s not broken then why fix it, and with this in mind many business people are simply too burned out to search for new and improved solutions to their work at hand. Taking a vacation enables you to get some distance from your work and allows you to assess with a clear eye what you are doing and how you are doing it. The break from work can also provide you with the mental bandwidth necessary for you to investigate and be receptive to alternative solutions. Getting a new perspective can help pave the way to increased business growth.

Reconnect with family or friends

It’s easy to feel disconnected from your family and friends when days or even weeks can go by without having a substantive conversation or spending any quality time. Taking vacations provide the perfect opportunity to get back in sync and share quality time with those that are important to you.

Control and eliminate stress by taking vacations

Many business people experience a significant amount of stress caused by their job and research has shown that stress can undermine your physical and mental health. By taking a break from work and removing yourself from what may be a stress producing and even toxic environment, you can begin to relax, feel happier and get back in control of your life.

Why wait? Take a look at the calendar and start to plan your vacations for 2017. You don’t have to go anywhere exotic; even a “staycation” will do. The important thing is to recognize that taking a vacation may be the very best thing that you can do for yourself AND your business.

Related articles:

The Effects of Stress On Your Body:  http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/effects-of-stress-on-your-body

Why Americans Should Take Their Vacation Days: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-americans-should-take-their-vacation-days-2015-6