Why the Best Mental Health Day Is a Vacation

Why the Best Mental Health Day Is a Vacation

By Loes Daniels, Founder, HotelGift.com It’s easy to spot the deep tan that marks someone recently returned from vacation. But the most important and long-lasting effect of travel may be one of the least visible. Books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild have become international bestsellers by describing it: that sense of renewal, satisfaction, and well-being that can come from "getting away from it all." As vague as that might sound, there are concrete reasons why traveling can foster better mental health: 1. Travel relieves stress. It makes sense that a break from work would be relaxing. But you can multiply that relaxation by getting out of town for a few days. Experts say that "active" leisure pursuits–including vacations– can reduce job stress more than just taking time off. (The effect is so strong that one researcher recommended companies provide financial aid to help lower-paid employees get out of […]

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