Raise your hand if you need a vacation right now! I mean, who doesn’t need some time off, right? Whether a summer arrangement or a winter getaway, holidays are more than essential to our health.
In fact, a recent study in the field explains that vacationing can be highly beneficial for the cardiovascular health and brain.
The study in question involved 63 workers, all entitled to paid vacation. All participants gave a blood sample for the research and also did an interview which analyzed their lifestyle habits for the past year.
Among other things, the interview looked into the person’s vacationing practices, like location, frequency, finances, social skills, and enjoyment while on vacation.
The study found that people who spent more time vacationing in the past 12 months had less risks of suffering the metabolic syndrome, unlike those who were not fans of holidays. With this, the research also found that each new vacation participants took decreased the risk for metabolic syndrome by staggering 8 percent.
Unfortunately, even though legally provided, many workers do not use their days off and cannot head on vacation, despite wanting to. In return, this inability to relax has caused many health issues in workers who don’t vacation as often, or at all.
Simply put, if done right, going on a holiday is crucial, especially for the health of your body and brain.
If you are planning to go on a holiday soon, it is important to stick to the nature of your travel as well. This means that instead of worrying and stressing, you should try and find a way to relax properly.
To help you do so, here are several useful tips to help you unwind while on vacation:
- Steer clear of stressful situations.
- Never plan or organize excessively.
- Enjoy a full night of sleep, waking up refreshed in the morning.
- Keep an eye on what you drink, avoiding alcohol and hydrating regularly.
- Let bygones be bygones, not letting anything affect your serenity. It’s just not worth it.
- Stay in the sun, using adequate protection.
- Limit your presence on social media and refrain from using your phone as much as possible.
- Give yourself a day of pampering, whether a massage or a day at the spa.
- Exercise and reconnect to nature, infusing calmness and serenity into your daily routine.
- Keep a solid routine for children, to prevent any drastic changes, and therefore stress.
- Take a day off after your holiday is over, settling down into your routine and coming back to your busy life.
- Make time for family, and engage in collective dinners and hangouts.
- Let go off any expectations on your holiday and just let it happen.
- Find some ‘me’ time even when at a family vacation.
You deserve it!