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Over three million people forfeited at least three days of holiday in 2015 according to the results of a major study.
The Daily Express reports that the findings were gathered by travel website teletextholiday.co.uk as part of their ‘Wellness Research Report’.
People surveyed were asked a series of questions on their holiday habits and then the results were compared to research from the ONS National Happiness Index.
Wayne Perks, managing director at teletextholidays.co.uk, said: “Our research has shown that not getting the best value from each day of your annual leave or, leaving it too long between days-off has a knock on effect on people’s well-being and career.”
Of the people surveyed 41% said they were run down whilst 34% reported being depressed and 30% were simply stressed.
Another six percent believed it was more stressful to return to a backlog of work and so they did not see much point in going away in the first place.
However, missing holidays is detrimental to productivity as the study found that people felt burnt-out after four months.
Mark Cropley, professor of Health Psychology at University of Surrey, added: “Mini breaks can be a great way to recharge the batteries, whether abroad or in the UK.
“Not only do they force us to distance ourselves physically from work, they can also give our brains a mental vacation and allow us to spend quality time with family and friends without the distraction of work.
“By taking regular breaks, you may find yourself becoming more productive and happier in other areas of your life.”