Work-related stress can pile up over the year and cause us to make mistakes and sometimes treat people around us unfairly. There are many prescribed ways to cope with stress, but not one of them is nearly as efficient as travelling.
Even planning a vacation, making packing and shopping lists helps keep your mind off the problems at work. Let’s explore the many benefits of taking a trip for stress-relieving purposes.
Vacations, or weekend trips, are planned by many families and couples every year as a way of getting together and spending some quality time in a different environment, whilst having fun. They also have many advantages for single people who are working long hours, building their careers and pushing their own limits day to day.
If you are one of those people you will know how important is to grow wings from time to time and just get away from all that rush, at least for a bit.
When you remove yourself from an urban environment, the fresh air and a lot of sunshine can do wonders for your health. Your batteries are recharged as the oxygen-rich air powers-up the oxygen count in your blood, while sunshine is an ultimate mood elevator and a depression cure.
A recent heart health study has revealed that women who took only one vacation in six years are eight times more susceptible to coronary heart diseases, than those who took at least two each year. As far as men are concerned, those who didn’t take vacations had a 32 percent more chance of dying from a heart attack.
Active and Relaxing
Make sure your vacation includes relaxation but also an active component. Mountain climbing, trekking, or riding relieves stress as effectively as sitting on the beach, roasting meat over a campfire or fishing. As a result of an active trip, your performance at work will be improved and your motivation levels will surge.
No matter how rewarding you find your job, at the end of the day you still need time for relaxation and play. That is where travelling comes in. Apart from having fun, when you get back to work you can experience the feeling of a fresh start, just like your first day at work.
An important aspect of every stress-relieving trip is freedom. You don’t need any schedules, alarm clocks or timetables. Do things by your personal clock and whim. The whole purpose of a vacation is getting away from daily tasks and chores.
If you have to bring the cell phone, turn it down, or leave it in your room and only check for messages if you have to in the evening. The time spent on a vacation will significantly improve your sleep, as this study has proven.
Springs of Health
One specifically effective type of vacation is spending a week or two at a health resort. These places of relaxation and healthy lifestyle are nestled in an eco-friendly environment, far from the downtown rush. Aside from spending quality time in nature, sometimes simple and seemingly naïve activities like going for a stroll on a forest path or playing with your pet on a freshly mown meadow will do you more good than you can imagine.
After a playful day in the sunshine you can enjoy a long steamy bath with candles, while the fragrances of the night air make all the stress burn out, together with tiredness.
Apart from relieving work-related stress, vacations are proven to boost productivity and improve your health. It’s never too early nor too late to make vacation requests from your employer. After all, everyone will benefit as a result.