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Vacations: Just What the Doctor Ordered

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Vacations: Just What the Doctor Ordered

When things get really busy at work or home, it’s easy to convince yourself that you can’t afford to take the time for a vacation. If you consider all of the physical, mental, and social benefits of taking regular vacations, though, you’ll soon understand that you can’t afford not to.

Wanting some time for relaxation and reflection may seem like a selfish desire, but several different researchers have published studies suggesting that taking some time off each year not only makes us happier, but also healthier and more productive.

Here are just a few of the reasons why vacations are more than just a luxury:

Vacations are good for your heart. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that men who take annual vacations are as much as 30% less likely to die from coronary disease than men who worked through their vacations.

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Vacations reduce stress. Those who take regular vacations are much less likely to report feeling tense, stressed, or overwhelmed than those who don’t. Vacations act as a pressure valve, allowing all of life’s everyday stresses to escape. These benefits last long after the vacation ends.

Vacations can help fight depression. Similarly, the likelihood of suffering from bouts of depression is reduced among people who regularly take time out for a vacation.

Vacations make you feel better. People are less likely to complain of fatigue, sleeplessness, or general aches and pains for up to five weeks after returning from a vacation.

Vacations can improve your marriage. An Arizona Department of Health and Human Services study found that couples who take vacations together are more satisfied with their marriages than couples who don’t. Spending extended amounts of quality time together can help couples make it through difficult times.

Vacations can improve your job performance. It’s true! Though it can seem like the piles of work that keep adding up won’t allow you to take some time for yourself, the truth is that workers who take time off to relax are more productive than those who don’t. Vacations also increase creativity, improve morale, and lead to a reduction in the number days lost to illness.

So, go ahead, take some time off. Your body, and everyone around you, will thank you for it!

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2 Mary Gensler { 06.13.13 at 8:37 pm }

Is there any packing order when you go on vacation? Often, things forgotten at home cannot be replaced except for a price. I have saved all year for this vacation. Now, I am at the end of packing. My cell-phone and charger, 6 changes of clothes (shoes included), toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and rinse, etc…. The AAA travel site had a list but I am not a member anymore. I leave tomorrow but next time I am out of town, I need a checklist to have when I pack.

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