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The Surprising Health Benefits of Taking a Holiday

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Modern life all to often can be pressured, fast paced and stressful and it is all to easy to forget to take a break. However, did you know that taking a holiday is actually good for your health?  It’s true! Scientists have actually found that holidays are really beneficial to our health.  So, let’s explore six compelling reasons why taking a holiday is not just a treat but an essential investment in your health and wellbeing.  

Stress and Mental Health

One of the biggest and most significant health benefits of taking a holiday is that it can reduce stress. When you escape the demands of your daily life and immerse yourself in a different environment and routine your mind and body begin to relax. When you relax and lower your stress levels you unlock other health benefits such as lowering your risk of chronic physical health conditions.  In addition holidays have been shown to reduce the risk of burn out, anxiety and depression.  If you engage in activities you enjoy on holiday, this can help improve your mood and boost your emotional well being.

Sleep

The daily grind and stress of life takes it‘s toll on our sleep patterns and this can cause serious health problems. The good news is, that taking a holiday can offer you the opportunity to catch up on much needed rest and relaxation and help you restore a healthier sleep pattern. By improving your sleep habits you will find your cognitive functioning improves, as will your emotional balance and your immune system will be stronger.

Physical Activity

Holidays are a great opportunity to increase our physical activity. Whether it’s exploring a new city, taking part in outdoor activities, learning a new sport or taking part in an exercise class or swimming in the hotel pool or sea.  Did you know we do more physical activity on holiday than any other time of the year?  So it is a great time to start that fitness regime we all tend to put off.  Increasing our physical activity on holiday benefits our cardiovascular health, reduces our stress levels, improves our mood, can help with weight management, and overall fitness.

Stronger Relationships

One of the great things about taking a holiday is that we can spend time with the family and friends we love. A holiday can help us foster and build stronger relationships. Holidays can also offer us the opportunity to make new friends too. Neuro-Scientists have linked positive social interactions with health benefits such as improved mental and emotional well-being, reduced feelings of loneliness, and even a longer life.

Enhanced Creativity and Productivity

It is a long established fact that a break from work and daily responsibilities can lead to a boost in creativity and productivity when you return to work.  Scientific research shows that taking regular holidays and breaks can be beneficial and a refreshed mind is more capable of problem-solving and innovation, making your holiday an investment in both personal and professional growth.

Cardiovascular Health Benefits

Did you know that medical research suggests that regular holidays can have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. Taking time off can reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and improve overall heart function. When you relax on holiday it contributes to a healthier cardiovascular system and lead to a longer life.  

All too often we place value on being busy and on the go all the time.  But it is also important to take a break and have regular holidays if we are to remain both healthy and productive.  So, consider your next holiday not just as a getaway but as a prescription for a healthier, happier life. Remember you are never too busy to take a holiday and look after your health.

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