The Importance of Taking a Vacation

by | Aug 16, 2019 | Health Issues | 0 comments

I had several friends and acquaintances ask me about my summer vacation and my reply is what vacation. This summer my husband traveled at least 5 weeks for his job and we put our house on the market. Both of these situations are stressful and reasons why you should take a vacation.

Why is it so important to take a vacation? Vacations physically, mentally and/or emotionally recharge us.  Some people take vacations to spend time at home while others travel to see family or see new or favorite places. I know that I have spent vacation time at home painting a room or planting a garden.  I would like to clarify that both of these tasks are very calming for me. I have also taken vacations to see family or visit Sedona. Vacations are meant for relaxation and re-booting our systems.

Then why do so many people in the US society not take them? I have two opinions for answering this question; one is people just do not know how to unwind and the other is the issue of planning it. Some people are workaholics and for others it is a habit to go to work. Also, the United States government does not mandate vacations; employers determine the length of vacation time. For other people it is an issue of planning; from what to do, where to go and finances. Money can be a big factor in traveling, but many activities can be done for free or little cost. If you hate planning, try spontaneously taking a trip. An example is getting into a car and drive to a different city in your state. 

Here are 5 reasons why it is important to take a vacation: stress reduction, your health, improvement of productivity, strengthens relationships and better sleep. Here are some facts.  According to the American Psychological Association, taking a vacation drastically reduce stress levels and improves one’s health. The American Heart Association reports taking 1 week of vacation per year reduces the chances of heart disease by 30 percent. Time away from the office allows a person time to refresh ideas and create new ones, which increases job performance. In addition, vacations can strengthen relationships with family members or friends by having quality time together. You may discover a person loves or hates sushi; does not like spending time in the great outdoors or loves to sing silly campfire songs. Finally, vacations improve your sleep because you are not getting up by an alarm clock.

Are you ready to plan or take a vacation?