5 healthy reasons why you should take a summer break
It has been scientifically proven that taking a break from your demanding job can have great physical and mental health benefits. People who take vacations have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve their goals. But there is more!
1. Bless your heart!
As we have mentioned before, stress can contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure. According to the New York Times, taking a vacation every two years instead of every six significantly diminishes the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attacks.
2. Heal your mind
Scientific research has proven that chronic stress can alter your brain structure and cause anxiety and depression. When you take a vacation, you allow your body AND mind to heal in ways they couldn't if you continued putting them under pressure.
3. Better sleep, better mood
According to a study conducted by global analytics and advice firm Gallup, people who make time for regular trips have a 68.4 score on the Gallup-Heathway's Well-Being Index, in comparison to a 51.4 score for less frequent travelers. Three days after vacation, physical complaints, quality of sleep, and mood had improved compared to before vacation. And these gains were still present five weeks later!
4. Tune-up for your brain
You have certainly noticed that when you come back from vacation you are more focused and productive. That is because long-term stress can make it difficult to achieve tasks and cause memory problems. Taking a break is like getting a tune-up for your brain and improves your cognition.
5. Secure your own mask first
Making some time in your busy schedule to relax prevents burnout and helps you be more creative and productive. Have you heard about the Oxygen Mask Rule? Secure your own mask before assisting others! In other words, address your mental and physical needs first, before committing to responsibilities benefitting others.