For many Canadians, winter time and good health doesn’t mix. Coughing, sneezing and general states of not feeling very well are commonplace during the coldest months of the year. As a result, the winter is prime time for vacation-taking. In our last blog, we highlighted the fact that seasonal affective disorder is a very real thing. Also known by its appropriate acronym, SAD or the easier-to-understand “winter blues”, the disorder is often cured by taking a vacation.
Here are three major health benefits of taking vacations:
It should probably come as no surprise that vacationing is an excellent combatant of stress. Even without the clear understanding that rest and relaxation is ideal for stress relief, studies have shown that time off is a proven way to ease your mind. As reported by Linda Lewis-Daly on BenefitsCanada.com, “research shows a direct link between stress and health conditions such as headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other types of infections acquired as a result of a weaker immune system. Taking vacations also reduces the incidence of burnout.”
She goes on to point that relief from stress often gives us a new perspective. When we vacation, we take the time needed to rebuild our energy. Thus, we’re able to better find solutions to problems – including those that had previously appeared overwhelming.
The onset of heart disease is a possibility that absolutely no one should ignore. Pairing with cancer as one of the top two culprits causing death, heart disease should be avoided at all costs. Naturally, we should all endeavour to eat nutritious foods and participate in regular exercise. In addition, we should all consider vacationing at least once a year. On Inc.com, Lolly Daskal reports that several studies have highlighted the cardiovascular health benefits of taking a vacation.
“In one, men at risk for heart disease who skipped vacations for five consecutive years were 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took at least a week off each year,” she reveals, “Even missing one year’s vacation was associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Studies find similar results with women.”
Do you have trouble getting full and restful sleeps at night? If so, you’re not alone. Many Canadians fail to secure the recommended eight hours of shuteye every night. For so many of us, having too much on our minds is enough to keep us tossing and turning. As Daskal points out, this lack of sleep leads to less focus, less alertness, impaired memory, an increased likelihood of accidents and a decreased quality of life.
“Researchers say that vacations can help interrupt the habits that disrupt sleep, like working late into the night or watching a backlit screen before bed,” she unveils, “If you have stress from work and you find your sleep is disrupted because of anxiety or tension, take time off and learn to reset your sleep pattern.”
When you sign up for a Taitam vacation membership, you are given access to one of the most appealing vacation programs available. Being a member will connect you with an extensive collection of resorts, properties and exciting experiences that include ocean and river cruises, adventure travel, ecotourism and special guided and historical tours.
To learn more, please don’t hesitate to call Taitam Technology Vacations at 416-234-0202 today!