Taking a vacation does a whole lot of good for your health, it cuts stress levels, enhances emotional well-being, improves sleep and the effect lasts for months, according to recent research.
This news is meant for all those who do not take their full holiday entitlement each year in the name of productivity.
Going on a holiday is like preventive medicine, researchers said. It brings down blood pressure, improves sleep and reduces stress, research revealed. The benefits can go on up to a fortnight or can even be felt for months, study claims.
Research revealed that the average blood pressure of those on holiday reduced by six per cent and sleep quality improved by 17 percent. Further, those on holiday portrayed better ability to recover from stress. Tests showed reduction in blood glucose levels, and improved energy levels. Vacations also improved mood.
'It's apparent from our results that the majority of people feel happier, more rested and much less stressed because of their vacations. But, even more importantly, I have discovered that these benefits continue well past the vacation - in fact, for months afterwards. These results clearly demonstrate that on holiday our ability to physically cope with stress improves', researchers said.