It’s summertime!

When we are caught up in our busy day-to-day work routine, it’s very easy to convince ourselves that we do not have time for a holiday.  We are just too busy.

A holiday can mistakenly be seen as a luxury, not a necessity, but consider this:

  • Fatigue, depression, anxiety and general cognitive dysfunction can be exacerbated through lack of downtime.
  • Going on holiday makes you feel more present and stimulated. 
  • Recharging your body also recharges your brain and improves your capacity to learn, this is why we can have some of our best ideas lying on a beach or taking a hike.
  • Work related stress leads to higher levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can be detrimental to our health if there is no respite.
  • Broken sleep can be a direct result of having too much on our minds continuously.
  • Living in a constantly connected environment can be exhausting.

So, perhaps a holiday is not such a luxury after all!  A couple of weeks away from work, from your usual routine, from your devices can yield multiple benefits:

  • A rested body with a sharper brain.
  • Increased health benefits from reduced stress.
  • Restored sleep patterns.
  • Time in the sun will increase Vitamin D levels, which can lift your mood and sense of wellbeing.
  • Up your motivation through rejuvenating your brain.

Enjoy your break, you have earned it, you deserve it and your mind and body – especially your brain – will thank you for it!

Here are some other vacationally inspired blog post:

We all need a break

Even if we cannot or will not fly off to foreign shores, we all need a break from the everyday repetitive cycles of our lives.

Spring reflections

You might feel this year is screaming by or you might experience it as a dreadfully slow procession. Either way, it is still worth a short pause to reflect on your experience.