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Vacation And Your Overall Health

It has been well over a week since my last post. I went on vacation with the family and decided not to even think about posting anything. Though blogging is not my job it does take effort. Pulling together your ideas, making those ideas clear and coherent, doing proper research, checking your sources, thinking of ways to gain more views, and many other things demand a strong focus. That is what I wanted to avoid.

I had a co-worker text me about work and I totally blew him off. No, no, no people. This was all about seeing the joy on the face of my loved ones.

Look, I’m not the one to paint little punkdafied fluff realities of what life is. I’m going to give you the true reality of what things are. Lets be brutally honest and keep it 100%. Life can be good but it can suck like hell and be a pain in the ass! That’s just what it is. You go through one adversity just for preparation for the next adversity.  You can be flying high one minute and in five minutes you find out that your heat pump or hot water heater has gone out. Today you are enjoying a laugh with the person that you love and tomorrow you’re planning their funeral.

This is what people call “life”. And regardless of what you’re going through the world doesn’t stop and nobody cares. You have to always find a way to keep fighting, never give up, and bet on yourself regardless of the odds.

All of this causes stress and tension. Stress and tension causes an unhealthy body, mind, spirit, and relationships. You can become unproductive and slothful. This is when a good vacation is very much necessary. A small break from your reality. A moment to recharge your brain and spirit. Time to reflect and clear yourself of negative vibrations.

Vacations have been scientifically proven to improve your overall health. Here’s what scientists say about vacations and health.

1. Stress reduction. A study released last year by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from the activities and environments that they associate with stress and anxiety. Similarly, a Canadian study of nearly 900 lawyers found that taking vacations helps alleviate job stress. The effects last beyond the duration of the vacation, too: A small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later.

2. Heart disease prevention. A host of studies have highlighted the cardiovascular health benefits of taking a vacation. In one, men at risk for heart disease who skipped vacations for five consecutive years were 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took at least a week off each year. Even missing one year’s vacation was associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Studies find similar results with women: Women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack, or die of a coronary-related cause than those who took at least two vacations a year. These statistics are not to scare you but to persuade you that time off is important to your health in the long run.

3. Improved productivity. In our perpetual rush to be productive, we often undermine our very ability to consistently perform at peak levels. Getting more done in less time allows us to get ahead and be more productive, but it takes consistent focus to be truly productive. Professional services firm Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation time employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent. What’s more, frequent vacationers were significantly less likely to leave the firm. Another study by the Boston Consulting Group found that high-level professionals who were required to take time off were significantly more productive overall than those who spent more time working. When you’re more productive, you’re happier, and when you’re happier, you excel at what you do.

4. Better sleep. Restless nights and disrupted sleep are common complaints–often stemming from the fact that we simply have too much on our minds. When we can’t stop the chatter it affects our sleep, and a lack of sleep leads to less focus, less alertness, impaired memory, an increased likelihood of accidents and a decreased quality of life. Researchers say, that vacations can help interrupt the habits that disrupt sleep, like working late into the night or watching a backlit screen before bed. If you have stress from work and you find your sleep is disrupted because of anxiety or tension, take time off and learn to reset your sleep pattern.

I understand that not everyone has the ability to take expensive vacations. I’m blessed enough to do it now, but I didnt take many vacations growing up because of money. I have also been homeless so I know what being broke is all about. Your vacation doesn’t have to be lavish and expensive. Your vacation is all that you make it. Even if it’s only two days, make it a relaxing and adventurous two days.

So take a break, enjoy your life and family, and give the middle finger to all of your troubles.

 

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