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Reduce Stress Increase Productivity and Health – Vacation Way

January 25, 2009 by  
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Vacations Can Soothe The Soul, and Help with Productivity, Health and More! Many people don’t take vacations often enough. In fact, according to a recent poll, around half of readers don’t take annual vacations; in fact, many readers never take them! And now with increasing frequency, when we do take vacations, we often bring work along with us, keeping ourselves essentially still in the work mindset we’re trying to escape. This is unfortunate for several reasons:

  • Vacations Stave Off Burnout: Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts.
  • Vacations Can Keep Us Healthy: Taking regular time off to ‘recharge your batteries’, thereby keeping stress levels lower, can keep you healthier.
  • Vacations Can Strengthen Bonds: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong, helping you enjoy the good times more and helping you through the stress of the hard times. In fact, a study by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages.
  • Vacations Can Help With Your Job Performance: As the authors of the above study suggest, the psychological benefits that come with more frequent vacations lead to increased quality of life, and that can lead to increased quality of work on the job.
  • Vacations Promote Creativity: A good vacation can help us to reconnect with ourselves, operating as a vehicle for self-discovery and helping us get back to feeling our best.

The bottom line is that taking a good amount of time away from the stresses of daily life can give us the break we need so that we can return to our lives refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes.

While not everyone is able to take a vacation, for those who can take several days or a few weeks off for a trip, I’ve compiled the following resources from some of About.com’s travel sites. These can help you plan the best type of trip for yourself so you can come back feeling ready for anything. (For those of you who can’t take off enough time for a traditional vacation trip, keep reading; I’ll have resources for you, too.)

For those who don’t have the time or money to take a ‘formal’ vacation, I have an article on quick, cheap vacations that will give you some creative ideas on how to get a nice break and enjoy the benefits of a vacation, for less.

Source:
Chikani V, Reding D, Gunderson P, McCarty CA. Vacations Improve Mental Health Among Rural Women: The Wisconsin Rural Women’s Health Study. WMJ, August, 2005.

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12 Responses to “Reduce Stress Increase Productivity and Health – Vacation Way”
  1. amber says:

    Great info, I think this day and age we can all use some de-stressing. A healthy mind body and spirit can equal a healthy life, so it’s especially important.

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  2. Elsie says:

    With some thought and planning, even a day trip, or a short vacation, seeems to be helpful, and the slow relaxed pace is wonderful! Any tips are greatly appreciated, as in the post above. A quick guidebook for refernce is great to carry.

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  3. Katie says:

    I need a vacation so bad! I was just looking at cruise specials before visiting this site. Now what to do with the kids…

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  4. Oh my favorite topic! VACATION! For the past 3 years we have been heading back to a really wonderful and romantic resort in Jamaica and for 8 glorious days we are able to reconnect, relax and enjoy ourselves. We are usually pretty active on our vacation (snorkeling, lots of walking, tennis, etc.) so it’s definitely good for us except for the amazing food available. We have to work out harder to compensate LOL

    Great tips!

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  5. Angela says:

    Unfortunately, my vacays are not nearly as long as they once were. I’ve been saving time for a real good one! In the mean time, I do get burned/stressed out and end up taking a sick day to regroup.

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  6. jessica says:

    Our vacations have been limited by my husband’s health, but even getting a babysitter for the day for myself and taking a kid-free day does wonders for my mental health. I even did that today for the first time in a couple months! It recharges me and helps me be a better mom. We are saving our vacation time for when his back is healed and we can have an active and fun filled family vacation at a lake hopefully in the summer.

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  7. she says:

    as Angie said above, I HIGHLY recommend all-inclusive vacations. you don’t have to go anywhere — you just stay in the resort if you want. most “vacations” are trips to theme parks where you have to get up early and you’re always travelling the entire vacation. how is that restful? it may be fun, but i always find myself MORE TIRED when i get home than when i left.

    1. get a passport
    2. book a 7-night vacay on: http://www.travelbyjen.com for GREAT all-inclusive deals. i’ve used them twice!

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  8. Teresa says:

    Oh yes, another great reason to take a vacation! I am worried somewhat by stress. Your step by step budget tips for a vacation will help me plan for a vacation this summer. We didn’t go anywhere last year, so I’m making a point to get away this summer. Thanks.

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  9. Kellie says:

    I have co-workers who lose vacation time every year because they don’t take it. That just seems insane to me. I always feel better after a few days off. Even if I don’t go anywhere, I’ll take my vacation time and hang around the house, read, take baths and eat good chocolate. (Hey, I have my own spa destination right at home. Well, except for the sound of the dogs snuffling under the bathroom door, thinking I might be escaping through the window.)

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  10. Sharlita says:

    I felt relaxed just reading about taking a vacation. It’s definitely time. I don’t know when is the last time I took a vacation. I wonder should I take a vacation with my 1 year old son or should I be vacationing away from him since he’s part of my everyday life? I just was getting so stressed out tonight because of bills and not having any help. I think I just need a break. I’ve been providing solely for my baby and put my life on hold in order to be an active mom and it’s starting to wear on me mentally and physically. I can’t see myself gone from him too long, but if I bring him will I still be yelling at him since he’s acting out so much now? I need a vacation to think about what type of vacation I should take. I bookmarked those links. Thanks for all the ideas!

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  11. AnyaT says:

    I think we need an article to about managing financial stress, don’t have money to go on vacation…though we all badly need one for sure. Of course, there are ways to have vacation without spending a lot but it never happens to me at least.

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  12. Kimberly B. says:

    I agree that taking a vacation can help lower stress. Sometimes for us, with 4 kids and pets it is very stressful just to try to get ready to leave. So sometimes my husband and I will go to a nice hotel a few miles away from home by ourselves. We come back feeling refreshed and not stresses out by the time we arrive at the hotel.

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