Taking time to recharge by spending time in nature or just on any kind of vacation is one of the best choices you can make to help relieve stress and encourage a healthier perspective. So why don’t more people take the time to do this? Many are afraid that vacations will make them lose their jobs, others simply say they are too busy for a vacation.
The truth is that taking care of your health, both physically and mentally, should be a priority. Not taking any vacations will have a negative impact on your health as well as your productivity. Your friends and family will be affected, as well as your employer. Making time to get away from it all, even if it’s only for a day or two, is good for you.
How to take time away from the digital world.
These days it’s harder than ever to unplug. With smartphones and the Internet, it’s possible to stay connected to everything that’s going on in the digital world 24 hours a day. The result of this is more stress and higher levels of anxiety. If you’re looking to take a vacation that truly lets you get away from it all, consider spending time in nature.
A camping trip forces you to put away the smartphone and stop obsessively checking email and social media. It may be hard at first, but in the end you’ll feel happier, lighter, and more clear. Take the opportunity to assess your life and where it’s going. A vacation like this gives you a better perspective and the energy to return to your life with a healthier attitude. Here are some other ways camping, or any vacation that allows you to get away, can benefit you:
1. Benefits physical and mental health.
Vacation time lowers blood pressure, encourages positive emotions, helps with depression, and even has a positive effect on weight. People who allow themselves more leisure time are more satisfied with their lives and are physically healthier.
2. Encourages longevity.
Studies show that those who take vacations are at a much lower risk for heart disease and live longer than those who worked continuously.
3. Improved job performance.
A vacation provides an opportunity to gain a wider perspective. The result is you’ll return to the job better able to tackle problems and make good decisions.
4. Relieves stress.
This one is pretty obvious, but many of us aren’t aware of how much stress can affect other areas of our lives if left unchecked. Concentration, sleep, and mood are all directly affected by stress levels. Taking a vacation brings benefits to all those areas. You’ll be enjoying the effects weeks after the vacation has ended.
5. Gets you moving.
Spending time outdoors, especially with swimming, camping or hiking, is likely to get you to do more physical activity than usual. Even just sightseeing gets you moving. If you can’t go far, take a walk around the neighborhood or explore a new area. Anything that takes you out of your normal routine is good for your health.