Feeling overwhelmed by work, family duties or like your work-life balance is out of whack? Have you skipped out on vacation plans this year? If so, you are not alone...but you may want to keep reading.
Research shows Americans women work more than anyone in the industrialized world. They also take less vacation, work longer days and retire later.
"It's shocking to me that nearly one in five women we studied reported taking a vacation only once in six years," said study leader Cathy McCarty of the Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin.
The odds of depression and tension are higher among women who get away only once in two years compared with women who leave it all behind twice or more per year, the study found.
That was no surprise. "Vacations provide a break from everyday stressors," McCarty said. "They allow us time away from work or home and help us release built-up tension."
The results are based on surveys of 1,500 working women. The details were published recently in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.
High stress, guilt, and workload concerns may be keeping women from using their time off. Women report experiencing more stress than men at home and at work. They are also more likely to say that guilt and the mountain of work they would return to hold them back from taking time off. Women also worry more than men about vacation making them seem less committed to their job or their family.
Well, this kind of excuses is killing you! Really!
Because taking vacation is good for your health — really!
A number of studies have shown that taking time away from the job and daily life duties can have physical and psychological health benefits. People who take vacations have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals.
Mental and physical benefits
If you still need a little convincing, here is a list of some of the additional benefits of taking time away from work and family duties:
Improved physical health: Stress can contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure. For both men and women, the New York Times reported, taking a vacation every two years compared to every six will lessen the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attacks.
Improved mental health: Neuroscientists have found that brain structure is altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, which can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression. Feelings of calm arise from time away from work and relieve stress, which allows the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn't if it were still under pressure.
Greater well-being: According to a Gallup study, people who "always make time for regular trips" had a 68.4 score on the Gallup-Heathway's Well-Being Index, in comparison to a 51.4 Well-Being score for less frequent travelers. One study found that three days after vacation, subjects' physical complaints, quality of sleep, and mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their vacation.
Increased mental power: Upon returning from vacation, workers are often more focused and productive. Studies have found that chronic stress can actually modulate a part of the brain that inhibits goal-directed activity and can cause problems with memory. Time off can tune up a well-functioning brain.
Improved familial relationships: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong. A study by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages.
Decreased burnout: Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts.
Planning alone boosts happiness: Research shows the biggest boost in happiness comes from planning the vacation. A person can feel the effects up to eight weeks before the trip!
Vacations Can Help Get You a Raise: Research has found that workers who take more vacation time consistently receive better scores on their end-of-the-year performance reviews. The effect isn’t small, either—the boost is nearly 10 percent! Compared to workers who didn’t take time off, the vacationers also tend to be happier with their jobs and stick around long-term.
Adventures Give You a Natural High: When you discover new things or feel like you’re doing something adventurous, your brain gives you a nice little blast of dopamine, the hormone and neurotransmitter that makes you feel good. So find a vacation spot where you can hike, snorkel, mountain climb—anything outside of your normal day-to-day routine.
Make You Happier With Your Entire Life : The more active you are with your leisure time—and the more control you have over your free time—the more likely you are to be satisfied with your life overall.
Vacations Force You to Improve Your Workflow : Since you’re going to be gone, someone has to do your job, right? That means you need to document your processes for the person who’s going to pick up the slack, improve training, and identify skill sets in other employees, making them more valuable. Everybody wins!
Make You a Better Boss : Nearly 85 percent of executives surveyed for a study said that they have canceled a vacation because they couldn’t get away from work. In the long-term, this kind of behavior is really just hurting the company. When bosses take time off, they return with more creativity and are able to think about the company’s future more clearly.
Well, which is the best vacation you can take?
First, psychologists suggest take vacations alone once a year.
More if you are a mom!
Caring for a child no matter how much we do it with love and dedication is something that exhausts us and too much, being aware of whether the baby is well can be a torture for many women who from the first moment of pregnancy have taken care of another person who only depends of them.
This fatigue accumulates more and more causing the mother to become almost a machine, she does not have time even for herself and this is harmful for the mother and it will also be for the family in general since stress at some time the It will explode.
One suggestion on the part of the experts is that the mothers take a vacation at least once a year they alone, without family, a time for them to find themselves and will make you rest much more.
This statement is given by Dr. Nava Silton who says that it is important for the mother to balance herself to keep the family situation in balance, it is ideal for the mother to have time alone.
Second, psychologists suggest to take a vacation with friends.
It is easy to think that one is too busy to take time for friends, especially those of us who have children. After a long day with little people and a lot of noise, most of us just want to have a quiet time with our own thoughts.
However, according to psychologist William Chopik of Michigan State University, keeping some really good friends can "make a world of difference in our health and well-being."
The researchers also discovered that travel with friends can increase the production of oxytocin, the wonderful hormone our bodies produce when we are happy.
Third, the holistic medicine recommends a women’s retreat getaways.
These gatherings or wellness retreats are driven by the magic of bringing women together—and the goal of providing female empowerment, providing comfort, support, and serious girl-time fun.
Retreats grant women permission to prioritize their needs—promising that a greater sense of personal fulfillment will follow.
The best retreats are the ones which aren’t focused on losing weight, rehabbing, or escaping their problems. On contrary, the best retreats are the ones who combine mind - body - soul techniques as a tools to reboot your life.
The reasons, say many teachers and participants, are manifold: the opportunity to practice yoga, meditation and coaching geared specifically toward women's needs; a chance to share experiences on a deeper level; and, of course, time to enjoy extracurricular activities in scenic or exotic locations.
When a woman take time to mindfulness create a space for revamp and reset herself with the help from a holistic therapy it will be a life changing experience because you are going to face - in a calm way - the things that are not helping you and - at the same time - your are going to learn how to develop a new mindset to create a lifestyle you deserve.
The women’s retreat have the great combination of a vacation where you can invest in yourself!
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