Today people have forgotten how to switch off and take time off leading to the inevitable crash and burn of their mind and body. People especially in US are vacation deprived and are extremely overworked and overstressed.
You know it feels good to take time off but year after year you postpone that vacation you know you had earned a long time. Now a new study found that vacation is actually extremely beneficial your health and well-being. Here are even more reasons why vacations can improve your health.
It’s a basic human need.
"Diversity if a basic human need. People get bored when their every day is the same, "says psychotherapist Marisa Peer. Going on vacation and experiencing change is necessary for a healthy mind.
It give your brain a break.
"Technology has facilitated keeping in touch", explains Peer. "Without taking a break from your life back home, you won’t benefit fully from your holiday." It’s also a time for reassessing certain things, such as the superficiality of life back home compared to the current simplicity.
It means you get to sleep.
"Look at animals and how much time they spend sleeping, " observes Peer. "Humans are the same – we need to sleep and holidays are the rare time we can do so uninterrupted."
For meditation guru Andy Puddicombe, planning vacation may sound like an exotic thing to do, but the truth is it’s pretty stressful. "Not leaving everything to the last minute will avoid you running across the airport trying to catch your plane. The rush of adrenalin you get from missing your flight or forgetting your passport isn’t exactly healthy, so being prepared will make the whole experience far more enjoyable.
Comfort not catwalk.
When you leave to jump on the plane, train or automobile, dress for comfort and not for the catwalk. You don’t want to be lining up for passport control in sky high heels or too tight pants. Comfortable clothing will make you feel more grounded, so loosen your belt and put on some flats to feel more at ease mentally and physically.
Recognize that most of the things that stress you out when you are are traveling are out of your control, from your lost luggage to the rude passengers and delayed flights. Puddicombe’s advice is to acknowledge this from the very start in order to help you relax.
Trade in technology.
Truly switching off their Blackberry or iPhone is something most people simply won’t do. The better way is to come up with some strategy where you will allow yourself only short amount of time every few days to quickly check your emails to make sure there is no emergency and simply save all other non urgent messages to after you get back from you travels.