The Many Proven Health Benefits of Taking a Vacation

Who doesn’t love a vacation? I’m willing to bet that even just seeing the word “vacation” is enough to make anyone feel a little bit more relaxed and at ease, which as we all know is just a small fraction of the way a vacation can really make us feel. You know that you always feel refreshed and restored after a holiday weekend, or a trip to visit a new town or city, and it turns out that there is actually a scientifically proven reason why this is the case.

I recently came across an informative article by Huffington Post Health which provided some very good news when it comes to learning about the true health benefits of taking a vacation every once in a while. Here is what I learned about how the occasional vacation can vastly improve everything from your physical and mental health, to your productivity and satisfaction in the workplace. 

If you are the type of person who worries that taking too much time off from work will lessen your workplace competence and productivity, you will be happy to know that this is not something you need to worry about. In fact, it is actually the opposite that is true. Vacations allow for the brain to relax and decompress, and chances are high that you are getting more sleep during a vacation as well. As it turns out, the increase in amount of sleep, as well as the relaxation time you experience on a vacation, it enough to help your brain effectively process any new information it has recently picked up from work. This essentially means that this short respite will allow you to return to work focused and motivated to get important tasks completed successfully. Other studies have also shown that letting the mind wander, as it has the chance to do while on vacation, leads to an increase in creative thinking and problem solving skills. 

So what is the best way to get the most benefits out of taking a vacation? Believe it or not, studies have shown that short breaks that are taken frequently tend to be the most effective when it comes to improving a person’s health and well being, in addition to improving their performance at work. One study in particular revealed that employees who were given one day off each week, were found to be more productive and more satisfied with their work than those that didn’t take as many mini vacations. 

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