Why holidays are good for you
(Posted on 26/07/17)
Every year, a significant number of people don’t claim their full holiday allowance. The reasons range from feeling too pressured to take time off work to concern about finances. There is no doubt however, that there are many benefits to taking a break. It doesn’t have to be somewhere exotic – a week in a tent at the British seaside can provide just as much of a boost to your well-being as a fortnight in St Lucia! Here are five reasons why everyone should take a least a week off work and ideally have a change of scene as well:
- Health. As well as providing an opportunity to catch up on sleep, you are likely to sleep better as well when you are away from the pressures of work and home life. Taking a break also boosts your immune system, lowers blood pressure and, if you are lucky enough to see some sunshine, it will boost your vitamin D levels too.
- Manage stress. Exercise has long been proven to be a great way to combat stress and on holiday you are more than likely to have time and opportunity to take some gentle exercise. Whether you enjoy walking around sightseeing or taking a relaxing dip in the pool or the sea, your stress levels will fall and your sense of mental wellbeing will increase.
- Quality time with friends and family. Investing quality time in important relationships in a relaxed atmosphere will serve you all well once you return home, as well as releasing feel-good endorphins while you are away.
- Reap the benefits. When you eventually return to work you will probably find yourself being more productive, working more efficiently and with renewed enthusiasm.
- Take stock. Seize the opportunity of being away from it all to evaluate your life, assess what you like and what you would like to change and set yourself some new goals for when you return home.
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