When was the last time you took a vacation? If you can’t remember, then it’s long overdue. If you’ve recently come back from one and are worried it might be too soon to start planning the next one, don’t be. Vacations are important for a number of reasons, particularly your health. Don’t think of a vacation as a luxury. Instead, think of it as a necessity and realize a vacation is just as important as a balanced diet and regular exercise. If you need more reasons to make vacations a priority, here are some more benefits you might want to consider.

  • Stress relief – stress is a good thing, but not an excessive amount of it. Stress has been something we’ve been feeling for thousands of years. However, whereas it was necessary for early man because it was a response that helped to keep us safe, nowadays chronic stress can be very destructive. Getting away from everyday stresses by taking a vacation gives your body a chance to repair.

  • Improved wellbeing – a study has shown that three days after a vacation subjects had fewer physical complaints, they slept better, and their moods improved. They still felt the improvements five weeks after the vacation had ended.

  • Improved mental power – taking time off can tune up your mental powers. You’ll find you are more focused and therefore more productive at work.

  • Improved relationships with family – family vacations can often be stressful, but they can also keep your relationship strong because you’ve spent time enjoying life together.

  • Improved sleep quality – studies have shown that people who travel regularly and take vacations enjoy almost 20% improvement in the quality of sleep. On average, while on vacation, it is reported that you can average an hours extra quality sleep, and this can carry on when you return home.

  • Improved happiness – the benefits of a vacation start a long time before you start your journey and you can feel the effects up to a couple of months before your trip. Making plans has been shown to increase the happiness that come from a vacation. So, give yourself a couple of months to plan your vacation and all the sights you want to experience along the way. For example, there are plenty of top London attractions you might want to experience when you visit the UK. You won’t have time to visit them all, so you’ll need to spend time choosing.

As if you really needed a reason to take a vacation those mentioned above will spur you on to making plans. Chronic stress is a big problem in our modern society, so you must do everything you can to reduce it to a minimum. One very effective way to do that is to take a vacation and get away from it all. Even if it’s only for the weekend. You must make your wellbeing a priority and do yourself a big favor. Ask any healthcare professional, and they’d happily prescribe vacations if they could.

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