Vacations May Be Good Medicine


Did you know a lack of leisure time may be harmful to your health? Whether you get one week or one month, take advantage of your vacation time each year.

Vacations can be good for your body, mind, and even your relationships. One study found that vacations helped women feel less tired, depressed, and tense. They also made women more likely to be happy in their marriage. Couples often take vacations for a romantic retreat. And many find they reconnect during this time.

For some, leisure time may be a real lifesaver. One study found that men who took at least yearly vacations had a 32 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who did not.

The type of vacation you plan can affect how refreshed you feel when you return. Keep these tips in mind when you plan your vacation:

  • Invest in sleep.
  • Make time for yourself.
  • Seek out sunny locations.
  • Separate yourself from work and other life stressors.

If your funds are low this year, don’t fret. You don’t need a 7-night stay in Hawaii to boost your health. Try taking your family on a 3-day camping trip. Or head to your favorite theme park and stay a few days.