The Health Benefits of Getting Away
VIRGINIA BEACH – It doesn’t matter if it is 10 minutes, 10 days or 10 weeks; we all need a break. Unfortunately, most Americans who are given paid vacation don’t use all of it – or even half. Two surveys completed by Forbes and Glassdoor showed only 25 percent of Americans take all of their paid leave time. Worse yet, the survey showed of the people who take vacation, more than 60 percent work while away.
It’s time to buck the trend. Taking vacations is good for your mental health. Here’s why:
- Help your heart stay healthy. Taking time off reduces stress, which decreases heart disease. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association , men who took annual vacations were 32 percent less likely to die from heart disease.
- Get the right perspective. Taking a break can give you new insight. Even if you just take a few minutes out of the day, anything from getting fresh air to exploring new destinations, helps clear the mind and inspire fresh outlooks.
- Better sleep. Restless nights and sporadic sleep are common complaints, often stemming from stress and too much work. Having too much on your mind that inhibits sleep, which hurts productivity as well as overall health. Getting away from it all helps ease your mind into restful sleep.
- Improve Relationships. A five-year study by the Wisconsin Medical Journal showed women who take time off at least twice a year are less likely to be depressed, tired or tense. They are also more satisfied with their marriages.
- Have fun. Getting out of the routine of daily life is fun. The surprise and amazement that comes from doing something new has lasting effects on mental health. You may see interesting places and meet interesting people.
Take a break from the humdrum of life and add new stories to your repertoire. These new experiences can ignite inspiration and give life more clarity. Take your health and happiness in hand instead of drudging along from year-to-year. Find your excitement in life.
VSA is happy to help you plan your next get-a-way. 800-340-1158