The Doctor Recommends a Dose of Vacation

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On Jun 09, 2016
The Doctor Recommends a Dose of Vacation

“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.”

~Jaime Lyn Beatty

Ironically, the symbiotic relationship between work and traveling is indubitable- you can’t buy a plane ticket without money. The question then becomes how to achieve that ever-elusive work-life balance we keep hearing about?

Going on vacation has a deeper meaning than perfectly filtered Instagram pictures; time-off is vital to our health. In fact, according to womenshealth.com, vacations make us happier, healthier, and more productive.

However, on average 40% of Americans leave seven or more days of PTO untouched every year, that’s over one billion vacation days that go unused!

Ok, time to trade-in the black suit and tie for some swimming shorts and sandals.

Just in case having an excuse to escape the monotony of daily life wasn’t enticing enough, a research conducted by Nielsen Research demonstrates the health reasons why you should take your vacation more seriously. The study reveals the correlation between being stressed and overworked to being more prone to stress-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease; not to mention the mental and emotional consequences as a result of a lack of a life outside of work.

If you have yet to devote some time to a much-needed vacation, here are some reasons to get you going:

  1. Regular Vacations Make the Heart Happy

It is well known that stress contributes to heart disease. Over time, life stressors, if not coped with correctly, can build up to adversely affect our health. Chronic stress can contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack. Furthermore, cortisol, the stress hormone, has been linked to be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression.

  1. Can Improve Cognition

According to womenshealth.com, chronic stress can actually modulate a part of your brain that inhibits goal-directed activity and can cause problems with memory. Do yourself a favor and book the ticket.

  1. Sexy Time

Do you find yourself and your partner getting extra intimate while on vacation? Well, that is because “vacation sex” is a real phenomenon. The stressors of daily life and work can decrease our interest in sex and can also affect performance. Scientifically speaking, chronic stress increases cortisol levels, which lowers the levels of sex hormones such as testosterone.

 

Happy traveling! Let me know where your next adventure takes you!