Even thinking about going on holiday can help your mental health, so once the time comes to take the plunge, going on a trip can make a big difference to your wellbeing. These cognitive benefits have been proven to last up to a month after returning home.
There are so many benefits to getting away, even just for a short break and these are some of the most essential for your sense of wellbeing:
The chance to think differently
Being away has more neurological advantages than you may realise as it gives us a chance to figure things out in a way that isn’t possible when we’re in our routine at home. Finding a new walk, going to a new eatery or looking for shells on a beach are all ways to treat our brain to something different and allow it to think in a new way.
The opportunity to make new connections in an old place
Going to a place multiple times is still a positive thing for the mind as it gets to do something different yet familiar at the same time. If a place gives you a real oxytocin buzz, then you might even consider buying somewhere to escape to, so that you can recreate that experience again and again. If you’re looking at lodges for sale then there is a range of options in beautiful locations around the UK where you can truly relax.
Time spent together as a family is an opportunity to get to know each other without the distractions of everyday life. It is also a great time to invite friends or other family members as holidays can consolidate you as a unit, as well as helping and supporting each other.
The impact of a regular holiday on stress levels is so profound, that a Forbes article analysing various scientific studies on the subject believes that vacation time could save your life. A break away can aid heart health, reduce stroke risk, boosts mindfulness and improve sleep. All things that can do wonders for your wellbeing!
Improved capacity for learning
The relaxation provided by being on leave can help boost your brain power. This is because your mind processes knowledge during this time which means that your capacity to learn new things is greatly enhanced. It is also why holidays help generate ideas and motivation, especially those times when you feel ‘stuck’ or uninspired.
Time to get creative
Being away and unplugged means more time to spend either by yourself or with your partner, kids or other family members. While filling this extra time can be daunting, even rainy days can give you a real window into flexing your imagination. Whether this is new games, art, being in nature or time to read or write, the opportunities are endless.
With all of this in mind, enjoy your holiday, take time away from the internet and revel in the space to get back to yourself in a location that is meaningful to you and your sense of wellbeing.