As years go by, we all get used to the capitalistic work regime and gradually turn into workaholics, forgetting the importance of work-life balance and some well-deserved vacation time. You keep postponing asking for days off because it’s a hectic week, the company’s deadlines are coming up or some other colleagues are on their vacations, and it always seems like not a good time to leave. Well, if not for the sake of travelling and having fun, you should start taking your vacation seriously for the sake of your overall wellbeing. Multiple new research studies indicate that there are many physical and mental health benefits to gain from taking a holiday, and below we listed only some of them.
1. Stress relief
With busy schedules and fast-paced lifestyle, it’s no wonder we’re feeling stressed non-stop. Chronic stress affects our body in ways we can’t even imagine, resulting in a weakened immune system prone to illnesses. Even those who are suckers for adrenaline or enjoy the high-pressure work style will find themselves exhausted and in dire need to get away from it all, even just for a short time. This is where vacations come to rescue. They have the power to break the stress cycle, recharge your batteries and prepare you for future work challenges. The very change of scenery has a positive effect on one’s mental health and hence lowers stress levels.
2. Enhanced creativity
Since we live in an era of big expectations and even bigger competitiveness, there’s a constant need for doing better and being more productive. In this perpetual rush for productiveness, we tend to neglect our creativity, which is also a very important component of actual work performance. Holidays provide us with opportunities to get inspired without necessarily having to turn this inspiration into productiveness, and this contributes to happiness. Therefore, wait no more, get your ticket, pack your trendy triangle bikini and head to the beach – your boss will appreciate it once you come back more positive, energetic and productive than ever before.
3. Strengthened relationships
It’s not shocking if one goes days without seeing or even communicating with their loved ones. After half of the day spent in an office, you’d rather take a long shower and watch Netflix until you fall asleep than invite people over or have a night out. Vacation is a unique opportunity for reviving your social life and strengthening your relationships. Not only does it allow you to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones but traveling tighter also creates memories that will have a long-term effect on your relationships. Annual vacations, especially family trips, promote the so-called “crescive bond” by fostering growing and enduring connections. Time spent isolated and far away from ordinary everyday activities allows us to open up to each other and bond on a unique level, which naturally contributes to both mental and physical wellbeing.
4. You break the routine cycle
Waking up every day and starting the exact same routine eventually makes one feel depressed. Of course, that is what adulthood means, and you shouldn’t be constantly seeking spontaneity or change, but you have to give your comfort zone and your very much organized life a break from time to time. A vacay is the way to spice things up and stop the routine cycle. In order to be successful, you need to leave your worries and obligations behind and completely give in to relaxation and breakaway from usual routines.
With all of this being said, if you’re still thinking about putting off your vacation, think again. No money or success is worth your health. Moreover, job burnout is a thing, and if you keep ignoring it, it will get you nowhere. So go get your hard-earned adventure and come back to your daily life fresh and ready for new victories!