At least once a year I take a holiday, it doesn’t have to be far, cost a lot or be for very long, however it is important to give yourself the opportunity to get away from your home, where you can completely unwind, relax and mix up your usual routine.
In September last year I headed to beautiful Pangkor Island in Malaysia with my boyfriend for a week of total relaxation (and lots of ocean swims and massages!) After such a busy 2016 of working full time as an Event Manager as well as running Living Organic Co. this holiday couldn't have come sooner, I was way overdue for a break and felt like a completely different person after the week!
After returning home and feeling so refreshed it made me think about the actual health benefits you receive when taking a holiday. When was the last time you took a holiday to allow yourself to relax and unwind? Do you need to dedicate some time for you? Then say no more! Read my top reasons why you should book your next holiday now!
My top 5 reasons why you should be planning your next holiday:
1. Holidays reduce stress and anxiety
Studies show that those who take vacations twice a year or more, are less likely to become tense, depressed or tired than those who took vacations once every two years. Vacations make you feel goooood. I know I’ve never came back from a trip thinking, gosh that was hard and I totally regret it!
2. They boost your health
A study from the Framingham Heart Study, found not taking vacations often enough can affect our heart health. They found that people who took a holiday once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack than those who took at least two vacations a year. Studies have also shown they lower blood pressure.
3. They assist in making family and relationships healthier
If you take a trip with your family, friends or partner it's been proven that it brings you closer together and boosts happiness within the relationship/s. If you are going it alone it's also great as it gives you time to yourself and the opportunity to meet new people.
4. They give you something to work towards
Planning and booking a holiday in advance gives you something to look forward to. I know this is a big one for me! If I have a busy working year ahead and book a holiday for the middle or end of the year it gives me something to work towards. It motivates you to keep on going because you get an amazing holiday reward at the end!
5. They make you happier
Who's returned from a holiday and thought "I totally regret that"...I don't know anyone, and I've certainly never thought that! As holidays give you a chance to have a break, relax, have fun, explore, eat, be active etc. they give you a chance to do what you want and what makes you happy. Your body becomes more relaxed, you sleep better and return as a happier person with beautiful holiday memories. The benefits of a holiday last at least a fortnight longer than the vacation itself and can be felt for months in some cases. Have you ever seen a friend or colleague return from a trip looking fresh with a healthy glow? You can not only see that the person is happier and more relaxed, they physically look better!
The verdict is, holidays make you healthier and happier from the inside out, a holiday is one of the best investments you can give to yourself. So go on, plan that next trip, you deserve it!
To support lovely ladies on their travels, I've created the World Traveller gift hamper. It's also well suited for woman who travel a lot for work as it provides her with natural, comforting mini pampering products. This hamper will balance, invigorate and energise her body, mind and spirit while travelling, check it out here.
Want to hand pick the products in your hamper? No problem, we offer this option as well! My favourite travel product pick is the Perfect Potion Jet Setters Aromatic Mist to ensure that you keep your higher consciousness and the body alert balanced and stress free during travel.
Thoughts? Comments? I'd love to hear from you!