Sylvia says she’s so passionate about her work in cancer support, she can’t remember the last time she took a day off. “We impact people’s lives, so when I take a day off, I feel guilty,” she says.

Sylvia admits to working on her days off, and even taking work home with her at night, noting that even though she has more than 50 hours accrued vacation time, “I couldn’t imagine taking a week off straight.” In fact, it’s been a decade since she last had a real vacation.

“A break doesn’t have to be a whole week,” says Stephanie Miles, Senior Vice President at AARP. “It could be just a day that you take just for you, and do what you want to do. No work phone, no email - It’s an investment in yourself and your health. And it can make a world of difference for you, and actually for all of us.” AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

Stephanie says that AARP has just launched the Declare A Day $500 Giveaway to help individuals plan and commit to taking their much-deserved time off.

Visit AARP’s Declare A Day $500 Giveaway for tips on how to make the most of your time off, stretch your travel dollar and an opportunity to win one of ten $500 gift cards.

*Must be 45 years of age or older to enter sweepstakes. No purchase necessary. Ends 03/31/2018.