You’ve heard it before: Taking a vacation is good for you. But when the calendar begins to fill up and responsibilities get in the way, taking some quality time off is easier said than done.
Here are some reasons to stop feeling guilty about taking time off.
1. It eases the mind.
Here’s a simple way to look at it: “78% who take vacations at least once a year are happier and more satisfied with their lives.” (Nielson) We can get behind that!
Vacationing reduces stress and strengthens relationships. It gives hormones, such as cortisol, a rest so that you don’t become chronically stressed. And spending leisure time with family or loved ones creates a shared experience that will bring you all closer.
2. It does the body good.
Lowers risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure, and slims waistlines… we could go on. There are serious physical benefits when letting yourself relax. Regular vacations can even help your overall immune system, making you less susceptible to colds, the flu and other sicknesses.
3. It benefits women in particular.
Women especially benefit from time away: “Women who vacationed less often than once every two years were more likely to suffer from depression and increased stress than women who took vacations at least twice a year.” (USAToday) And, according to the famed Framingham Heart Study, women who vacationed regularly were 50% less likely to perish from a heart attack.
So go ahead, take advantage of these last few weeks of summer. Recharge and let your stress melt away.