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Making time for yourself will not only give you something to look forward to, but it can reduce your stress levels and boost your overall health. Hobbies can be something creative, a physical activity or any activity that brings you joy. If you have a hobby you don’t make enough time for, or you don’t think there is any value in having a hobby, take a look at the health benefits below. (more…)
Most people believe that increased productivity is linked to the amount of hours one works. Common sense seems to dictate that the more hours one works the more one accomplishes and that taking extended breaks can negatively impact one’s efficiency. These myths persist during these tough economic times where unemployment hovers at around 8 percent more and many feel as if they cannot afford to take a break. However, extended periods of work and stress can negatively impact one’s mental and physical health. Prolonged periods of stress impedes the body’s ability to fight off infection and can encourage unhealthy behavior such as eating fatty foods, and excessive consumption of alcohol. Furthermore, too much stress can contribute to depression and irritability which in turn decreases productivity.
However, regular vacations contribute to the physical and mental health of employees and as a result positively impacts their productivity and longevity. According to Dr. Glenn D. Braunstein regular vacations can decrease the risk of a heart attack. In his article, “Want to stay healthy? Go ahead and take a vacation” Dr. Braunstein explicates that a study of 13,000 middle aged men at risk for heart attacks demonstrated that men who did not take a vacation for five successive years were 30 percent more likely to experience a heart attack than those who took at least one week’s worth of vacation time. Dr. Baunstein also explains that women who took a vacation every six years where eight times more likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who took at least two vacations every year.
Robert R. Butterworth a psychologist with International Trauma Associates maintains that vacations can also contribute to one’s problem solving ability. He elucidates, “If you have a job that’s very creative and you don’t take time off you hit a wall and you need a change. The break will allow you to refresh your brain cells.”
Employees who take regular vacations are better able to focus which increases their productivity while overworked and overstressed workers are more easily distracted. They may be physically present at work but have mentally checked out. Author Christine Louise Hohlbaum elucidates that “If people are overworked, they’re surfing the Internet. They’re not contributing to the bottom line.”
Physically removing oneself from one’s work environment is not enough. In an age where one can obsessively check one’s email from a cell phone or text clients from any location in the world, it can be extremely hard to disengage. Nevertheless, in order to fully reap the benefits of vacation workers must be able and willing to walk away from their work. Stepping away from work can provide one with a new perspective and mental as well as physical distance can help improve one’s problem solving skills. In order for one to truly reap the mental, physical and cognitive benefits of a vacation one must be able to set aside work for a few days.
Contrary to popular belief working for extended periods of time does not increase productivity. In fact prolonged stress reduces one’s ability to concentrate and results in an array of negative mental and physical consequences. On the other hand those who take regular vacations are able to increase problem solving skills, concentration and their overall physical and mental well-being.
This article was written by Travis Guerrero, an avid writer of health and nutrition articles across the web. If you’re looking for a permanent vacation destination, make sure to check out Del Mar Los Cabos and their ideal Los Cabos Real Estate choices for a regular vacation destination like no other. Check out their website for more information!
You’ve dreamed of studying abroad and immersing yourself in a foreign culture. You’ve pictured yourself sightseeing, studying history and art, and chatting fluently with the locals in your new town. What you haven’t anticipated is the stress level associated with relocating abroad. Homesickness and culture shock can take the fun out of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and even lead to lethargy, overeating and depression. Take a deep breath and manage your stress levels with these six tips. (more…)
As we all know, the key to a healthy body is a healthy mind. And no matter how well you eat or how many supplements you take, you can still be quite unhealthy if you allow stress to get the better of you. Today’s society provides numerous sources of stress everyday. In order to be healthy, it’s just as important to remove emotional and mental toxins as it is to remove physical toxins. Here are a few tips to help cut out unnecessary stress in everyday life.
Have you ever tried meditation? It’s not just for the new age crowd anymore. Even scientific studies have shown a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, and self reported stress levels. Meditation provides you with a few minutes just for you, free from all the stressors of life. Find a nice, quiet place to sit and try to relax your mind. It might be tricky at first, but after some time, you’ll be able to slow (more…)
Adding relaxation into your routine is one of the easiest ways to improve your health and mental well-being. When people are stressed out too frequently, they often eat more, sleep less, have tension headaches and have a depressed outlook on their life at that moment. Learning easy ways to relax and let go of some of that stress can help improve your relationships, you feel like you have more control of your life and you will have a positive outlook on your future.
Meditation can be performed in many ways from breathing exercises to yoga. Deep breathing techniques can be practiced anywhere you are, making it a great way to relax when you are at work, in a traffic jam or even in the middle of an empty field. Deep breathing is done by breathing in through your nose and then back out through your mouth, five seconds each stage.
An additional way to meditate is to sit down comfortably but upright, clearing your mind and breathing steadily in and out. While you are breathing deeply in and out, visualize a calming theme or scenery in your mind, many people use visualizations of water or fields. Do this for at least 15 minutes working your way up to an hour of meditation a day.
Positive thinking don’t mean wishing that something was totally different, it means thinking the best you can of bad situations and (more…)