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Why Women Should Take More Breaks and Travel More

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Although the current global labour force participation rate for women is just under 47%, women are forever competing and working hard to maintain their positions or get promoted. Research has shown that women work harder and produce more than men in workspaces. The gender salary gap is still prevalent in most places, and there remains a “pink tax” that has women making 81.8 percent for the same work performed by men. The reasons why women should take a break are ever-increasing, and it is known that all work and no play is never a good balance. Consequently, in this article, we discuss the importance of travel for women’s mental health.

According to a detailed study including several reputable large companies and 3,000 anonymous working men and women, women work 10 percent harder than men in today’s offices. Both men and women complete about 66 percent of their assigned work. However, women are given 10 percent more work than men. The fact that women still achieve the same completion rate even with a higher percentage of assigned tasks, indicates they are more industrious regardless of the increased responsibility.

Research in America also shows that 49% of employed women in the United States, including 42% of working mothers, say they are their family’s primary breadwinner. Regardless, the same women are responsible for household duties, caring for the sick and elderly, and childcare. These facts alone should show how much work women take on in today’s society and are an indication of the much-needed break.

Fortunately, travel statistics show that women are the most frequent travelers, but one might assume that this statistic may not include most of the women we described above. Even if it does, here are some more reasons why women should travel more and take a breather:

Upon closer inspection, the aforementioned travel statistics revealed that women travel more because women are usually in charge of organising family trips. This can easily fall under some of the domestic responsibilities mentioned above and may be the reason why solo travel is becoming more popular.

During solo trips, which involve travelling alone, women are more liberal and independent of responsibilities, giving them the much-needed break. Although there are some safety concerns, such solo travels have been considered worthwhile, especially following the improvement of safety measures across holiday destinations.

Psychologists have also stated that working this hard without taking breaks can lead to significant physical and psychological issues for women. The body is designed to respond to short bursts of stress. When stress is prolonged, and the stress response is triggered repeatedly and regularly, the situation turns into chronic stress. Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke, sleep problems, weight gain, and memory and concentration impairment. These all benefit no one in the long run.

Moreover, vacation days are almost always readily available and women are legally entitled to leave days as are men. However, some people ignore or use them for extra work, which is not advisable. For some companies, such vacation days come with travel discounts which can be beneficial for exploring new places and is likely to hold more benefits than the financial gains gotten from additional stress.

Finally, with all the demands on women, sometimes it is easy to forget that you are essential. You are doing so well, and you are forever pushing the bar. Take a break! Go and see some friends or spend some time alone. Taking a break is something that you should never reschedule or regret.

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