deprived (54 per cent); an increase from last year, demonstrat-ing
that challenges are still at hand. The study revealed:
■■ In comparison to their U.S. neighbours, Canadians are less
vacation deprived overall, with 59 per cent of workers south of
the border reporting feeling strained and deprived for time off.
■■ Ontario is the most vacation deprived region within Canada
(57 per cent); the Atlantic region reported being the least
vacation deprived (44 per cent).
■■ Québec was the highest group to have taken a vacation in
the past three months (72 per cent). They also receive the
most vacation days (19) amongst all Canadians.
VACATIONS ARE A WAY CANADIANS
CARE FOR THEIR MENTAL HEALTH
Canadians feel strongly that vacations are a key component in
their mental well-being. Almost 90 per cent said that vacations
give them a chance to hit the “reset button” on their stress and
anxiety. The report revealed:
■■ Over 80 per cent of Canadians said they regularly
take vacations where the primary goal is their own
■■ Almost 90 per cent (87 per cent) of Canadians return from
a vacation feeling less anxious and worried and more able to
take on the next challenge.
■■ On average, Canadians take two mental health days
THOUGH LIFE GETS BUSY,
TAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF
IS SO IMPORTANT FOR
OUR WELL-BEING. THAT’S
WHY THE SOLUTION OF
A MICRO-BREAK CAN
BE VERY POWERFUL.
– BEVERLY BEUERMANN-KING
VACATION IS VIEWED AS VALUABLE
Though almost half of Canadians (45 per cent) expressed having
a hard time leaving work behind when taking a vacation, almost
two-thirds (65 per cent) view vacation as their right. Guilt only
plays a factor for 10 per cent of travellers when asking for time
off and that positive feeling associated with a vacation can set
in immediately for some; almost a quarter of Canadians (23 per
cent) said they felt relaxed as soon as they boarded the plane or
hit the road. For another 44 per cent of respondents, the feeling
of relaxation sets in quickly after the first day or two to three days
into the trip, demonstrating that it doesn’t take long to unwind. n
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