In case you hadn’t heard, North American’s are known for overworking themselves and are often accused of “not knowing how to enjoy life.”
If that’s you, we’re here to remind you that taking a break can be really good for your health. Last year a study released by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations dramatically lower stress by physically removing you from the spaces in which our brains have been taught to expect and collect stress. Have you ever walked into the office and felt a wave of dread and anxiety just by walking in the room? How about pulling up to the driveway of your in-laws home during the holidays? These are prime examples of associative stress. It takes more than a weekend to pull your head out of that mindset.
Do you know what else vacations help with? Productivity. While on vacation, your mind recharges. Ice cold beer and feet in the sand does more than just make you temporarily happy. Once your brain gets a chance to relax, creative juices start flowing. Your mind actually starts to solve problems subconsciously, so when you return to the office - you have a fresh perspective which helps you improve the productivity of those around you, and yourself.
Last of all, a lot of us in the US and Canada spend most of our winters with dark, cold weather. This means way less fresh air, light and Vitamin D. Basically we are more sluggish and can easily grow depressed. If you’ve ever felt the deathly grip of poor mental health, you’ll know just how difficult it is to be productive and energetic. Spending time in the sun will dramatically combat that.
Now we’ve convinced you to get your vacation on, here’s a list of the best trips of 2019 put together by National Geographic.