Time Out

If taking time out of the daily grind can feel a little indulgent, then we’ve got some good news for you!

Kicking off that work gear and getting out and about with nature can deliver long-term benefits that boost both your physical and emotional wellbeing, so there’s never been a better time to invest in some self-care.

Balancing the demands of work with family duties can seem like an endless challenge. That’s why we often look forward to time away when we can break the monotony of routine, explore new destinations and indulge in some quality rest and relaxation. However, while these trips encourage us to step off the daily treadmill, an increasing number of studies are highlighting the myriad of benefits they can deliver for both our physical and mental health. Making direct comparisons between people taking time away on holiday and those staying at home is an effective means of analysing the various physical health benefits of holidays.

Some studies have identified that those who take breaks away can often recover from stress more efficiently than those remaining at home. In addition, sleep quality and blood pressure have been known to notably improve, reducing the risks of strokes or heart attacks.

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that those who travel often feel better due to the break, with more obvious benefits including feeling more relaxed and happier and being less stressed. Being relaxed reduces the level of stress hormone cortisol, increasing mood and boosting motivation and positivity, which can elevate our overall wellbeing. Stepping away from the workplace leads to fewer chances to get depressed and reduces exposure to ‘stress triggers’, giving you the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries. A change of scene, where you’re experiencing new sights is also the perfect distraction from the daily challenges that cause stress and anxiety.

“With the impact of the pandemic still being felt across the globe, many holidaymakers are turning to ‘micro-cations’, or an express break closer to home, to avoid burn out and boost their mental health.”

The good news is that reaping the rewards of a change of scene doesn’t have to mean hours of travel and a bottomless budget. Mental health charity Mind, for example, highlights that spending short periods of time in nature can help with a range of mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, while natural light can support those affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

If an extended break away feels too much of a challenge, these shorter staycations, just a car or train journey away, can deliver a wellbeing boost that doesn’t eat into your pocket or demand too much time from your out-of-office.

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