Sometimes you need to break up the monotony of 9-5 and head away for a change of scenery. Aside from the obvious perks “ room service, anyone? “ holiday time will make you healthier. Here’s how:
They keep you positive
Tension with your roommates at home? Stressed about an upcoming presentation at work? The mere thought of an upcoming vacation “ whether it’s weeks or months away “ will give you new perspective and help you sail through the rough patches at work. Better yet, brighten up your cubicle by posting a photograph of your destination, and glance over at it whenever you need to escape “ if only mentally.
They help you de-stress
Whether you prefer to lounge on a beach or beat the pavement exploring, the act of getting away is inherently relaxing. You’ll leave all obligations aside and your mind can be clear: no bills, no deadlines, no silly office politics “ at least for a week. Make sure to fill your time doing things you love: read that book that’s been collecting dust on your nightstand for a good month, stay up late and sleep in. Also, don’t forget to limit the time you spend checking email and voicemail. Create a happy, carefree bubble for yourself and you’ll return relaxed and happy.
They provide an opportunity to bond
Vacations provide a great opportunity to connect with your travel companion. Whether you’ve made your escape with a friend, lover or family, the change of scenery will help you to see them differently. Instead of being consumed by with minutiae of everyday life “ did you clean the bathroom? Did you call your grandmother? “ you’ll have the time and the space to engage in deeper, more revealing and meaningful conversations. You’ll come back with a deeper understanding of one another and a greater connection between you. And if you’re travelling solo, take the time to get reacquainted with yourself. You’ll quickly find that you learn a lot about who you are and what matters most to you.
They make the heart grow fonder
It may be one of the best holidays ever, but there is truly no place like home. Pre-vacation, your daily routine may have been monotonous, but after a week or two without structure and familiar activities, you’ll love getting back into the swing of things with renewed appreciation for your day-to-day life. Or, the opposite could happen: you may dread the return home. The space you’ve created for yourself on holiday will help you to pinpoint the specifics in your life that aren’t working for you or making you happy, and you’ll come back energized with a plan of action to make the changes that will make you happier.