as a front-line physician for more than 20 years, I have been actively encourage and motivate patients, parents, friends and other people to take vacations and holiday on a regular basis. With the exception of those who have serious medical conditions, there is no restrictions for travel and vacation. Even the elderly, women with disabilities or pregnant (less than 28 weeks of pregnancy) may travel as much as anyone else. There are many benefits of holidays and vacation, both short term and long term, but most of the people fail to appreciate the benefits. As a result, only a small percentage of people worldwide travel and reap the benefits of the holidays and vacation. Research shows that even workers who are offered paid holidays by their organizations do not take advantage of these offers to take a few weeks off of their work.
in this article, I will briefly highlight some benefits of holidays and vacation.
longer and healthier
a recent study by the State University of New York has shown that people who regularly take a vacation every year reduce their risk of premature death by about 20 percent. The survey also found that those who took a vacation in 5 years before the highest risk of mortality rate, with a higher incidence of heart disease. This can explained by the fact that during the holiday people are more happy, relaxed, carefree, spend more time with family and loved ones, and away from the stressful environment of ordinary. A relaxed happy life increases longevity.
improved mental health
a study conducted by the Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield and published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal showed that the women who went on frequent holidays had lower susceptibility to depression, fatigue, or tension and they were more satisfied with their marriage. Women who took the rare holiday displayed more high levels in their homes of constraint, felt more exhausted and tired and slept less. It is no doubt that regular vacation will be just relax stress accumulated during the hectic life from day to day in the short term, people, but also will improve the overall well-being, mental and psychological aspects of an individual long term. Many researchers have shown that depression increases the chances of heart disease. As the holidays offer a break from the normal boring routine, they also help to alleviate the symptoms of depression.
overhaul of relations
the always busy, culture obsessed by the work and chronically focused on the right of the people of modern life has indeed taken a heavy toll not only on our physical and mental health, but also on our relationships. The people do not have much time to spend with their partners, children and families. As a result, there is lack of harmony in the family, children are not welcomed and there are tensions between the partners, which resulted in the increase in the number of separations, divorce and other marital conflict. Taking regular breaks from work and enjoy vacation and holidays not only rearranges the relationships strained and alienated but also renews, revitalizes and strengthens ties and family relations.
improvement of self-confidence
when we travel, we encounter different types of situations and respond to different types of people. These meetings to improve our self-confidence. It also helps to improve our social skills and prepare for the unexpected or unknown.
creative inspiration through holiday
when we do the same thing again and again, it becomes monotonous and stereotyped. This is what happened to us in today’s world. We become the victims of the monotony that has slowly crept into our system and destroys our creative abilities, new processes of thinking and inspiring opportunities. When we travel, we encounter new situations and environments. Such situations can induce and help develop the creativity in us.
several studies have shown that holiday not only to encourage people to work better, but relief from the monotony as younger people, resulting in greater productivity.
looking for adventure
vacation is a time of adrenaline from the pump for many lovers of the adventure. It is a chance to make their dream come true and try a lot of daring sports and adventures, for example, bungee jumping, rafting, surfing, mountaineering, and many others from the water. These adventures give people a feeling of success and happiness.
escape mental and psychological
discovered a lot of people these days on vacation as a form of mental or psychological escape. The change in the atmosphere, climate, landscapes, quiet, slow pace of life and air quality is considered by many travelers as a route to happiness and spirituality.
improve fitness and lose weight too
obesity has become a global epidemic. Holidays and holidays can at least entice people to do a form of exercise. They have more time and any form of physical activity (and far from TV and video games!) can help to lose weight. If they can continue the same type of exercises once they are back at home, he can at least help people change their habit and lose weight at the same time. Weight loss not only improves the physical condition and appearance of a person, but also reduces the chances of having depression, some cancers, heart disease and other conditions.
in conclusion, holidays and vacations not only bring joy, excitement, pleasure and break up the usual monotony of life, but they also have effects in the long-term improvement is included in the physical and mental well-being more long and happy life, overhaul of relations and inculcate creative inspiration by improving productivity and self-confidence to reach.