A real vacation, where you completely unplug (or extremely limit your check-ins) with work and focus on things you want and like to do, has a variety of benefits to your physical and mental health. The fact is, careers are time-consuming and at times, challenging and stressful. Getting away from your responsibilities and focusing on yourself can do wonders, and reconnecting with yourself, your partner and family can positively impact other areas of your life. Unfortunately, a lot of people, especially business owners, take very little time off each year. And while many consider long weekends holidays, that isn’t enough to get the true benefits of a couple weeks on vacation.
So put down phone, tuck away your laptop and enjoy these eight reasons why vacations are necessary for your health…
1. Relieve Stress
Stress can have a negative effect on all aspects of your health–physically, mentally and emotionally. Headaches, back pain, anxiety, irritability, lack of concentration and frustration are just a few of the harmful effects of stress. In today’s world, we lead busy lives, and often our crazy schedules and the pressure we put on ourselves eventually turns into stress. Taking a vacation helps relieve the built up anxiety, which can lower your blood pressure, help you sleep better and build up your immune system. Stress can even cause you to gain weight, especially around the middle. Holidays will not only help you relieve stress, but can help you manage it better when you get back to the real world.