There are so many benefits to having regular holidays…and important for many areas of our life.
We dream of white sandy beaches that stretch along for miles or a holiday with adventure discovering ancient temples – but why is it so important to take a regular vacation?
There have been numerous medical and psychological studies into why we should have holidays…and there are many advantages derived from taking time out to experience life.
Good For The Body:
There are notable physical advantages from having a vacation and going on regular holidays has proven to increase our life span.
Reduces Blood Pressure
It is estimated that 90 million people around the planet have high blood pressure that includes 1 in every 3 people in the USA. High blood pressure and stroke are the two leading causes of death throughout the world.
Studies have shown that after a 2 week vacation – blood pressure can reduce by up to 6%.
Lower the Risk of Heart Attack
Research done by the TransAmerica Centre show that holidays can reduce the risk of heart attack, which occurs as a result of coronary arteries being blocked.
Depression is well known for its physical effects upon the body creating erratic sleep pattern, loss of appetite (or increased appetite with atypical depression), constant fatigue, muscle aches, headaches and back pain.
Enjoying a stress-free time away for a couple of weeks has shown to give substantial improvements to some or all of these symptoms.
Good For The Mind:
There are numerous benefits gained by having a holiday…and we don’t need many studies to tell us this.
Taking a well-deserved break gives us a boost to both our mental energy and clarity of focus. Not only does it allow time to recover from existing stress – but enables us to bounce back better from future stressors.
Break from Routine
A routine keeps us on task and moving in the right direction. However, sometimes a break in routine is really important – because this is where life, energy and creativity can be found.
Continuing to operate without enough sleep may see serious and long-term health problems. Side effects can include memory loss, heightened anger, food cravings and loss of memory. Poor quality, or nor enough sleep can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Keeps Brain Healthy
The brain is challenged with new experiences by being in different settings – which builds up life resilience, while adapting to a new environment. Traveling increases cognitive pliability, helps us think quicker and problem solve faster.
Vacations Increase Productivity
Regular holidays have been proven to reduce the levels of job stress, burnout and lower absentee rate. In addition after a good holiday, motivation levels increase by 17% studies have shown.
A Vacation Make Us Happier
Having something to look forward to gives a sense of anticipation and excitement, which releases happy chemicals into our brain…and therefore makes us a happier person.
Good For The Spirit:
There is no doubt that a holiday is good for the spirit – and here in Siem Reap is one of the most spiritual places in the world and the home of Angkor Wat.
Planning a holiday increases motivation, sense of purpose and will put a spring in your step. Planning a holiday makes you get up in the morning – knowing that you are one day closer to having the vacation of your dreams.
Helps Broaden The Mind
Seeing another country is one of the best experiences you can have and being among a different culture…this cannot help but have an impact. It makes us become a more rounded individual with a rich pallet of experiences to draw upon.
There is nothing like the thrill of adventure, while you experience different tastes, sounds and smells of a far away and exotic destination.
Meeting New People
One of the best things about travelling is meeting new people and folks who you would never normally come across in your regular daily life. This is both enriching and fun – leaving you with friends that can last a lifetime.