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The benefits of planning a 2018 vacation and its impact on your well-being

Mar 7, 2018

By now, most of us are wanting to escape the winter blues and travel to some place warm where we can feel the sun on our skin and listen to the ocean waves. The stress of every day life can get a little overwhelming at times, but many of us feel guilty when we try to break free and take a much needed vacation. Several new research studies have shown that people experience many physical and mental health benefits before, during and after taking a vacation. So, instead of wasting your paid-time-off and feeling guilty about stepping away, you should let yourself experience the many benefits of escaping reality and taking a vacation!

What can vacation time do for you mentally and physically?

  • Taking a vacation can reduce stress! Probably the most obvious, but taking a vacation can decrease stress and anxiety while boosting mental and physical health of the whole family. Rumination, the tendency to focus on something causing distress instead of thinking of ways to solve the problem, lessens during vacations. This effect can last weeks after the vacation is over.

  • Improve your heart health. According to a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, 32% of men that take frequent annual vacations were less likely to die from heart disease than those that do not take frequent vacations. A similar study showed that women who took a vacation once every six years or less were 8 times more likely to have heart problems such as a heart attack or heart disease than those that take regular time off. Improvements in blood pressure have also been linked to taking vacation time and the benefits persist even after returning from time off.

  • Mental health improvements. Vacations are great for our well-being, improving our sleep quality and an excellent mood booster. Many studies show that vacations contribute to having more positive emotions and fewer negative feelings and depression.

  • Improve your relationships. Many women that take vacations at least twice a year have reported feeling less tense, depressed, tired and are more satisfied in their marriages. Families that vacation together can benefit from shared experiences, better communication and a feeling of togetherness and learning through new experiences.

  • Career benefits. After taking time off, many people feel more job involvement and less job stress when they return to work. You get to come back to work with a fresh mind and attitude!

  • Increased creativity. When on vacation, we are often forced to adapt to new environments and unexpected conditions. This can help improve our cognitive creativity. Many people often return to work with better and more creative ideas than before taking time off and less routine solutions.

Now that you know of the many benefits of taking a vacation, consider planning a 2018 getaway. Make the most of your paid time off and unplug for a while. You’ll no doubt have higher life satisfaction and your body and mind will thank you for it!


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