Here are just some of the ways they are good for your mind and body.
Holidays help you unwind. Going on holiday gives you time to relax and rest your mind. Physical tiredness generally disappears with some rest and a good nights’ sleep but mental exhaustion requires a longer recovery time. Without the stress of the commute to the daily nine-to-five, your body will have enough time and freedom to repair itself.
It’s also easier for our bodies to fight sickness on holiday because it’s not working so hard fending off all the stressful things it deals with on a daily basis. Chronic disorders such as back pain, migraines and sore throats can also disappear when we’re on a break.
Get in shape
Experts believe that we can reclaim up to 30 per cent of our fitness just by going on holiday. With more time to spare, we take the opportunity to walk, cycle, swim and play sports. Just standing up and moving around rather than sitting down at a desk all day helps you look and feel fitter. Regular movement during the day also boosts your circulation and gets your blood pumping which increases your heart rate and immune system.
Of course there is always the possibility that we overindulge on holiday, but research shows that trying out different foods can make you more likely to eat your recommended amount of vitamins and minerals. And if you find you enjoy different cuisines, you may well expand your cooking repertoire to start a healthier lifestyle.
Reduce blood pressure
One of the major causes of death in Britain today is cardiovascular disease, of which high blood pressure is a key contributor. Research shows that taking holidays can have a positive impact with lower blood pressure shown in those who took regular breaks.
Improve sleep patterns
Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep. Sleep deprivation, whether through stress or work is responsible for numerous health problems, including obesity, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. While we are asleep our bodies undergo some important processes including repair, renewal and energy restoration and being on holiday means you should have fewer reasons for a sleepless night. Lower stress levels, relative peace and quiet and fresh air and exercise can all encourage a good night’s sleep.
Boost immune systems
Your immune system is vital for fighting off infection and going on holiday can give it a boost. Hopefully, you’ll see some sun, and the vitamin D in sunlight plays a positive role in strengthening your immune system.
These are just some of the ways holidays can have a positive effect on your health. On course, when it ends, you’ll return to the same old routine but if you don’t take time out for a regular break your body will find it increasingly hard to deal with stressful situations.
So, if you think you’re too busy to take a holiday, the chances are that a holiday is exactly what you need. Just think of it as a way to keep your mind and body working well – it’ll enable you think more clearly, have higher energy levels and be more productive on your return to work.