It’s easy to get wrapped up in life. From the pressure of work to family obligations, most of us are so busy that we barely notice how quickly time is passing. We’re getting ready to enter a time of year that’s especially full, but before you lose yourself in holiday bustle, consider the benefits of taking a break from it all.
For instance, did you know that there are actual health benefits from taking a break? Studies have shown that vacations might decrease the risk of heart disease. One study found that men who didn’t take time off over the span of several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks. Women had similar findings that showed how those who took infrequent vacations were more likely to have a heart attack when compared to women who took vacations yearly.
Studies also indicate that vacations can help you fight off illness. This is because chronic stress reduces the effectiveness of your immune system. Vacations, however, are a great break from the stress and pressure of everyday life. This study also found that vacations can fend off depression, improve relationships, and offer other positive mental benefits.
Vacations can also improve your work performance. In fact, if you look at the overall productivity of countries that have very generous vacation policies, you’ll see they outperform the United States. This link between downtime and increased work performance isn’t surprising, really. Most of us know intuitively that a bit of a break makes it easier to be focused, be creative and be productive.
So with so many benefits, why would you not want to book a getaway today!