Work, work, work. Sound familiar? Endless hours in the office, piles of paperwork, skipped lunch breaks and overtime can leave you with no resting time for a holiday. How do you make the most of your holiday time?

‘Vacationitis’ is real

According to Hilton Hotels & Resorts, a tongue-in-cheek 2013 report showed that Brits get an average of 24 days off for holiday each year, and only get to fully enjoy 8 days of them. The rest is spent stressing over such fun things as chores, DIY, medical appointments and the like. Hilton dubbed the all-work-and-no-vacation culture ‘vacationitis’.

Commenting in the Daily Mail, psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said: “These work pressures mean we don’t have much down time – and not taking the time to unwind and spend time with friends and family can negatively impact our work- life balance and general well-being.”

Coordinate diaries with family and friends

Back in 2012, price comparison site Travel Supermarket said that nearly half (46%) of Brits wanted to take time off with their partner or family. It shows the importance of taking a holiday with a loved one to enjoy uninterrupted quality time.

Always have a list of goals, such as how many days you’re taking off, and where you would like to spend that time off. This gives you the chance to better plan your time well and achieve that quality time away from work.

Take a retreat abroad… or have a staycation

Going on vacation is a great way to relax and evaluate things, whilst enjoying tranquil scenery and warm weather (our kind of multi-tasking). The Telegraph suggests that Crete, Bermuda and Finland are lovely at this time of year and into the peak summer months.

Likewise, picking a good spot in the UK (Devon, Cornwall, the New Forest, the Lake District) lets you take longer, less time and money-intensive holidays.

It’s better for your health as well as your work

Taking much-needed time away from the workplace does wonders for reducing stress levels. Online business resource Fresh Thinking Business agrees, saying that stepping away from responsibility and deadlines is good for rejuvenating your mind. It also has a positive knock-on effect for colleagues, since handovers and delegation require a level of trust – and contributes to a wider, more positive work environment.

According to the Guardian, lack of holiday time can be detrimental to your career in the long-term. As Penny de Valk (MD of talent management at global HR services group Penna) explains: “Even if people work longer hours, they’re not as creative and can’t maintain the same intensity level”.

That means taking all your annual leave could boost your creativity and productivity in the workplace, and refresh your perspective – so get looking in that holiday calendar!