The health benefits of a holiday

29th July 2016

Holidays are not only a chance to have fun and take some Instagram worthy photos, but also has a range of benefits for our health – both mentally and physically. In our busy lifestyles a little bit of time-out on holiday provides the opportunity to relax, recharge and refresh sot that we are ready to face the real world again.

If you need any more convincing about whether to book that trip away or not, here are just some of the health benefits of taking a holiday:

Encourages exercise

Holidays are the perfect time to get some exercise. Everything from swimming to cycling, or simply just walking, are great forms or exercise. Exercising is a key way to maintaining physical health as it not only keeps you fit, but exercising also helps to prevent many illnesses and diseases including heart conditions. Exercise isn’t just good for your physical health but also mental, as exercising releases endorphins that make you feel happier and helps to reduce stress.

Calms the mind

Being on holiday and away from your everyday surroundings can help to clear your mind, especially if you choose to holiday somewhere close to nature. Research has shown that natural surroundings helps to create a calm mind-set and increase positivity. Holiday destinations that are great for creating a calm mind include woodland areas, beaches, countryside and lakes.

Creates a positive attitude

Holidays are meant to be fun and a chance for holidaymakers to escape from everyday routines. This combination of visiting a new place and having a more laidback approach to life helps to create a positive attitude. Being positive is essential for good mental health, as it encourages you to be more optimistic, relaxed and friendly which improves your social connections and boosts self-esteem.

A chance to destress

Our busy lifestyles means that everyday stress becomes a natural part of our lives, but stress can have many negative impacts on our physical and mental health.  Taking a break away from everyday life to spend time with your family, friends or partner helps you to relax and destress. Retreats that give you control over your schedule, for example not needing to be at breakfast at a specific time, can make holidays more relaxed and carefree, again helping holidaymakers to feel less stressed.

Refresh and reenergise

A breakaway from everyday life gives our minds and bodies and chance to refresh and reenergise. Relaxing holidays set in scenic locations, where activities such as swimming, walking and cycling are encouraged, are ideal for providing a break that allows holidaymakers to refresh and reenergise. Often just taking the time away from home to spend quality time with the people you love is enough to help your mind to refresh and your body to reenergise so that you are ready to face the real world once again.

Clearly holidays are more than just a chance to post on social media about what a great time you’re having, but actually provide some mental and physical benefits to your health that will help you to feel ready to tackle the hassles of everyday life.