6 reasons why taking a holiday is good for your health

life 06/08/2018

We don't always need an excuse to take a holiday, but when we do, these six reasons are a great reminder why a trip away can do wonders for your health.

1. Reduces stress
Whether you are experiencing burnout or have a lot of pressure at work, going on holiday will dramatically reduce whatever stress you are experiencing. So when you do take a break, you are better equipped to on how to balance your work and personal life. This is supposed to also decrease the effects of stress and any signs of burnout.

2. Quality time with loved ones
We all want to spend more time with our loved ones. By taking some annual leave from life, you can spend quality time with them, whether it is at home or on a trip together. Being with friends and family may be just what you need to unwind and improve your mood after a stressful period at work.

3. Your productivity will improve
According to a survey by Sam’s Club, it was discovered that very few small business owners take days off. This caused exhaustion, impatience, poor decision making and illness. According to experts from the University of Pittsburgh, people are satisfied with life on their holidays return more energised and positive.

4. You are more creative afterwards
A holiday provides you with the time to refresh and recharge your brain cells. According to experts, we are wired to recharge and not go a long time without a break. That is why many workers or creative people get their best ideas away from work or the office space.

5. You’ll be happier
This seems obvious to us, but a recent study has shown that taking time off improves your happiness. People who took a vacation were happier than those who did not after 1,500 Dutch adults were surveyed. What's even better? According to the study leader, Jeroen Nawijn, it is better to go on holiday multiple times a year rather than taking one big vacation!

6. Heart disease prevention
A host of studies have highlighted the cardiovascular health benefits of taking a break. Studies find that women who took a holiday once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack, or die of a coronary-related cause than those who took at least two vacations a year.

As the old saying goes, “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”