Relaxation on vacation: younger people relax badly

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Younger people relax less: many people can hardly switch off on vacation

According to a Forsa survey commissioned by the German health insurance company "DAK Gesundheit", younger people cannot really switch off and relax on vacation. There is also no sunshine on the dream beach and no extended hiking tour through beautiful mountain worlds. One of the reasons for this is the constant availability or simply stress in the family.

The study found that one in five between the ages of 30-44 cannot stop thinking about work during the break. According to their own statements, 13 percent of them demand permanent accessibility from the employer, and for 26 percent “stress in the family” was responsible for less relaxation on vacation. Older people, on the other hand, have less severe problems switching off.

It is generally known that relaxation should not take place in the sense of work ability, because everyone has the right to free time and relaxation and therefore a limitation of working hours. This basic need was even written down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

People over the age of 60 can relax better The survey also came to the conclusion that women seem to distance themselves more mentally from working life during the holidays than men. 16 percent of those questioned stated that they had “less good” or even “not good at all” recovery. This was only 12 percent for men.

However, the group of over 60-year-olds could "enjoy their summer vacation" and switch off. Only eight percent of these age groups stated that they had recovered “less well” or “not at all” this year.

Nature and sun as guarantors for relaxation But not everyone has problems switching off on vacation. 42 percent of those surveyed said they had regenerated "very well" and 43 percent rated their recovery as "good". The reasons why you could relax well were different.

For 82 percent of those recovering from "good" to "very good", the good weather, with long sunny days, and the stay in nature were the main factors. But also the time spent together with the family (71 percent) and the time that could be used for oneself (70 percent) were decisive for refueling new strength.

For 64 percent, "the absence of everyday work overload combined with a lack of location was the key to recovery". Contrary to the "widespread opinion that cell phone and mobile Internet use leads to increased stress, only 31 percent gave the waiver as an argument for proper recovery".

Every tenth employee was sick during his vacation. Every tenth respondent had injuries and illness that thwarted his vacation. Seven percent even got sunburned. Conclusion: breaks, whether just for a short break or for a few days, are the oldest remedy for exhaustion during long and strenuous activities. (fr)

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