6 Different Ways Vacations Can Make You Healthier and Happier

Did you know that Vacations can make you happier and healthier?  Well they can!  Guest Blogger Riley Gladstone tells you why.

 Family on Vacation


Today, a lot of people are rarely taking vacations. When they do manage to find the time to take off a week to get away, they will often take their work with them and they will stay connected to work via the internet. Unfortunately, this is not good for people with a lot of responsibilities and stress in their lives. Today, there are many reasons why there is such an importance placed on taking vacation.

Gather Your Thoughts And Restore Your Inner Self

If you’re like many people, life today is very stressful and mentally exhausting. With work, family responsibilities, and keeping up with the bills, there never seems time to sit alone and relax. It can seem like the mind is constantly running with so many thoughts and concerns. Over time, you can become burnt out. A vacation is the best time to get away from all of the things in your life that are mentally and emotionally draining. Getting away for some alone time gives you the opportunity to gather your thoughts, relax, get your mind off of your worries and anxieties, and restore your inner self.

Restore Your Creativity

When we are constantly on-the-go and stressed out, our creativity can suffer. Taking a vacation will give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate both mentally and physically. You can then get in touch with your creativity and return home feeling refreshed and feeling your best. If your vacation involves exploring natural surroundings, you will feel inspired after viewing beautiful landscapes and perhaps astounding panoramic mountain views. When you return to work, you will find that you are better able to concentrate, think, and contribute new ideas. You will be a more productive and happier employee. Your employer may even notice your work and positive attitude.

Reward Yourself For All Of Your Hard Work

Everyone needs to take time to give themselves a slap on the back and tell themselves they did a good job. We all need to spoil ourselves by doing something we enjoy. After all, work and play go hand-in-hand. So, why not treat yourself to a vacation as a reward for all of your hard work. After all, we all need to splurge once in a while and have some fun. It will also give you a chance to set aside your regular work clothes and home clothes, and wear new clothes such as dressing up to go to a swanky club or dining at a restaurant.

Vacations Can Keep You Physically Healthy

Take time off is good for both your physical and emotional health. Stress is directly related to heart disease and it can weaken the immune system.  Relaxing on a tropical beach for example can help reduce your stress levels which helps keep you physically healthy. There is vacation destinations where you can get plenty of exercise though the various activities offered such as a back-packing tour. You can even pamper your body at a spa where you can spend time in a sauna, get massages and body wraps, and more. After taking a vacation, you may find that you are getting fewer headaches and your sleep patterns have improved.

Expand Your Mind

When you take a vacation, you can explore new places, cultures, historical sites, and people. There are so many astounding places out there that are rich in history you will definitely broaden your mind. You will learn a lot and be amazed at what you see and do. By breaking up the daily routine by taking a vacation, you with stimulate your senses by doing things that are different, unique, interesting, and fun.

Reconnect With Your Loved One

Sometimes life can get so hectic and busy that people can neglect important relationships. Taking a vacation with a special person such as a spouse can help reconnect with that loved one and keep the relationship strong. You will both feel happier and your relationship will be healthier.

As you can see, there are many good reasons to take a vacation. The bottom line is that taking a vacation can make you healthier, happier, and more productive. When you return home, you will be ready to handle anything that life brings your way.

Author Bio: This guest post was written by Riley Gladstone, a freelancer writer and an avid traveler.

I have been telling everyone the same thing for years!  Vacations are important and a necessity!  I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I have.

Happy travels,

Carol Ann QuibellCarol Ann Quibell




A freelance writer/photographer and columnist, Carol Ann has traveled extensively throughout Canada, USA, Mexico, Central America and most recently China. She regularly contributes to a variety of online and print magazines. Recent articles can be found in Senior Living, RVwest, Mature Years, Escapees and Elderly Elder. She was a contributing author to the award-winning book RV Travelling Tales – Women’s Journey of the Open Road. Her most memorable trip was backpacking and documenting a three month journey with her children throughout Central America

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