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WinIt Wednesday: Planning a Vacation Improves Mental and Physical Health — Science Says So

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

Happy WinIt Wednesday, folks! Take a chance on winning today’s special vacation package, and remember to enter even more of our exciting giveaways and cash sweepstakes each and every day!

We just came off a three-day federal holiday weekend, and you know what? We already want more vacation time! So maybe now is the best time to take some more vacation days — 54 percent of American workers don't use the days off they've earned from their employer after all, according to Project Time Off — because we’re giving one lucky reader and their guest the chance to spend three nights at the Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Hotel & Resort in Mexico — valued at over $1,500.

Start thinking about which drink you’re going to order with this chance to escape the cold winter winds for white-sand beaches, tropical breezes, and endless ways to take in the sun’s rays! Science proves that scheduling vacation time is not only essential for your mental and physical health, but, it's beneficial for your work performance. If you don’t mindfully plan time off, you’ll only end up "sicker, less productive, stressed, and more anxious and depressed — that affects your work as well,” explained Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One Has the Time and the director of the Better Life Lab at the New America Foundation, to CNN Travel.

So why not treat yourself to three nights at an all-inclusive Mexican resort with access to three other properties located within the same complex, allowing you to craft your own fun and set the pace for the relaxation you need to achieve a healthier way of living. You won’t want for anything since your personal butler during your stay will be on top of all your needs, like refilling your drinks by the pool! Spend your evenings unwinding at the exclusive Hacienda Doña Isabel leisure center that comes alive at night with live music, shows, bars, karaoke, and casino. Partake or people watch — it’s your vacation so do what you want to do! But don’t start daydreaming about this Mexican getaway just yet.

Submit your entries here — every day! — until the March 28 deadline!

Try to remember your friends here at First for Women when you’re sipping fruity, slushy cocktails by the beach and drinking to your new-and-improved health. Cheers — and bottom's up.

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