Blog Post #508 Vacation

Coaching for Life Success:  Vacations

Are you taking some time off this week?  At least Thursday? Maybe even Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday?

You should!!

The highlighted article gives four SCIENTIFIC reasons for taking a vacation!

Here we go:

1- Stress Reduction.  You get away from job stress.  (Now family stress might still be there, but generally, that isn’t as bad).  In fact, the article cites a research study that more than just stress, but headaches, backaches and heart irregularities.

“A small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later.”

2.- Heart Disease Reduction.  That’s right, taking a vacation (and getting away from stress), can help your heart.  Here is another study:

In one study, 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. Even missing one year’s vacation was associated with a higher risk of heart disease.”

So … vacations can help your heart health.  Get away and relax this week.

3- Improved Productivity. Again, the data shows that taking some time off will help your productivity when you return.  While it isn’t a vacation, I know if I’m working on a big project and my productivity is sagging, it is better for me to take a walk – and take a nap.  When I return to the task at hand, my heart is clear and I can generally have better ideas and better approaches.

4- Better Sleep. In the article we find this:

“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. 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.”

Having troubles sleeping – get away, have a vacation (or holiday).  Get to bed at a decent hour on your vacation, relax and put the problems of life behind you.

If you need to justify this, you can say “Dr. White prescribed vacation time for me, to reduce stress, lessen the chances of heart attacks, improve productivity and give me better sleep” (If you need to, ask me and I’ll try to write that on a pseudo prescription pad!!!  Of course, my father liked to say “My son is a doctor, but he doesn’t do anything good for people”!! Of course, I think I did a lot of good for my students in critical thinking and problem solving – and preparing for life!!!)

So … take some time off this week.  I will be!!


Posted by Bruce White

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