Why Go On Vacation? Practical Health Benefits from Getting Away
“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben
The summer vacation season is well underway, yet there’s still time to plan and go on a trip. Why bother? While it may be easy to rationalize foregoing a vacation, the practical benefits you’ll gain from getting away are too good to ignore.
Everyone Needs a Break
You know when things are getting out of control. That’s a clear sign that you really owe it to yourself, your family and coworkers to get in some me time and get away. In case you need a reminder, here are some of the most obvious indicators a me-time vacation may be in order:
- Everything bothers you.
- Fatigue is something you feel all the time.
- Nothing feels like fun.
- Stress is everywhere and appears inescapable.
- Words tumble out of your mouth, some that you wish you hadn’t said.
- Worries mount until they’re overwhelming.
- It’s rush, rush, rush — with no time to rest.
If you recognize yourself reading these symptoms, hit the pause in your mental stream of consciousness and sharpen your Internet search skills. Think of a place you want to go, one that pretty much ensures you’ll be able to leave all these negative thoughts and emotions behind, and figure out a plan to break away for a vacation. Make that a much-needed and well-deserved vacation. After all, everyone needs a break, and a vacation can be the best expense you choose to make.
Taking Time to Recharge Is Important
Overall well-being improves after taking some time to get away on a vacation. That’s the takeaway from a 2016 study published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Researchers found benefits in emotion, cognition and behavior among employees who took a weekend vacation, compared with those who only had a free weekend at home, or free time after work. Those who went on vacation were more engaged in physical and social activities, slept more, and spent less time tending to obligations. Being physically separated meant feeling disconnected from the work worries. There was also less ruminative thinking and increased hedonic well-being among those taking vacations, compared with spending free time after work.
Clear Away the Mind’s Clutter