Do I really need a vacation?

Answering why we need vacation may seem as dispensable as answering a 5year old why the sky is BLUE. But it is with the curiosity of a child that helps them grow into better individuals. Hence, answering this question is as necessary as satisfying a child’s curiosity.

We all have the desire to be a better version of ourselves and to increase our productivity. The basic way to attain this is by creating opportunities to unwind, reflect and rejuvenate. Think of vacations as an investment to increase the size and value of your productivity and personality. A vacation is an opportunity to expand your horizons by travelling to new places, signing up for new experiences and creating memories that sustain you. As a bonus, you meet interesting and extraordinary people and create relationships that enhance either your personal or professional life. Here are some reasons why you should definitely start packing and planning for your next if not first vacation.

Improved physical health

Stress can contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure. For both men and women, the New York Times reported, taking a vacation every two years compared to every six will lessen the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attacks.

Improve Mental benefits

Neuroscientists have found that brain structure is altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, which can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression. Feelings of calm arise from time away from work and relieve stress, which allows the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn’t if it were still under pressure. In the same vein, science says that the human mind maximizes learning in resting hours. Hence all education is structured with adequate breaks. As we commonly say “all work without play makes Jack a dull boy”. The way our brain functions is that we absorb and record information through our working day. Then, to use that information effectively the brain needs time-off to process it, make meaningful connections with other learnings that we have and throw up creative ideas from these connections.

Improved Familial relationships

While working, we tend to compromise on our relationships, especially within our family. As work deadlines take priority we miss out on family gatherings and regular bonding opportunities. We cannot compensate for lost time and opportunities by waiting for retirement. Make up for lack of quality and intensity when you take time off. Vacations are our ideal investments as travelling together is the best way to build relationships. To throw more light on this; a study by the Arizona Department of Health Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages.

Something to look forward to

Finally, if your job and personal challenges drain you daily, then your planned vacation becomes your beacon of hope and happiness in the days leading to the trip. As you plan for something that you look forward to, the daily effort gets easier and seems worthwhile since it is paying for your vacation. If you are smart, while on vacation you will commit to your next vacation giving yourself the energy and enthusiasm for the work that will get you there.