The Power of Vacations
Recently I had to do some research on the value of holidays, for a client project. I discovered some interesting facts:
- Holidays are as important as sleep
- The health impacts of holidays include lowered blood pressure, increased sleep quality, and an improved sense of wellbeing and resilience
- A US study found women who took time out only every 6 years were eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those who enjoyed a holiday at least twice a year
- In another study, men who failed to take an annual holiday were found to have a 21% higher risk of death from all causes and were 32% more likely to die of a heart attack
Vacations make a difference to our wellbeing. We often feel happier before (the anticipation of), during (the experience of), and after (the memory of) vacations. Even if we have a relaxed lifestyle and we live in a beautiful part of the world that others love to vacation in (as I do), having a holiday is still important.
I’m on vacation right now, and I am feeling a sense of flow and lightness (most of the time) that I haven’t felt in a while. It’s a wonderful thing to experience, being someone who can worry and stress over the events of my life. And it’s also a wonderful thing for my husband, to spend time with the relaxed “chill Jill” that he loves.
I am happiest when (#48)
This is me on holiday right now. I love the United States, and find it a beautiful, fascinating place. The cities I simply adore, and the natural beauty is also a thing to behold. Here in Sedona, Arizona, I found a place of such striking majesty, it literally left me speechless.