What exactly is a vacation? And why is it important?
The concept of taking a vacation is a recent invention, and has developed through the last two centuries. Historically, the idea of travel for recreation was a luxury that only wealthy people could afford. In the Puritan culture of early America, taking a break from work for reasons other than weekly observance of the Sabbath was frowned upon. However, the modern concept of vacation was led by a later religious movement encouraging spiritual retreat and recreation. The notion of breaking from work periodically took root among the middle and working class.
Currently “vacation” describes recreational travel, such as a short pleasure trip, or a journey abroad.
According to a recent online health article the benefits of taking a vacation are numerous:
1) Improved physical health: taking a vacation every two years will lessen the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attacks.
2) Improved mental health: Feelings of calm arise from time away from work and relieve stress.
3) Greater well-being: According to a Gallup study, people who “always make time for regular trips” had a 68.4 score on the Gallup-Heathway’s Well-Being Index, in comparison to a 51.4 Well-Being score for less frequent travelers.
4) Increased mental power: Time off can tune up a well-functioning brain.
5) Improved familial relationships: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong.
6) Decreased burnout: Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout.
7) Trip planning alone helps boosts happiness: Research shows the biggest boost in happiness comes from planning the vacation. A person can feel the effects up to eight weeks before the trip!
The bottom line is, taking time away from the stresses of work and daily life can improve our health, motivation, relationships, job performance, and perspective!
Book your next vacation now!