With the summer season finally here, you have good reason to be optimistic about the coming months. With summer, comes improved mood, the hottest and longest days of the year, and more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature and pursue outdoor activities. In addition, summer is the time where most of us think about and plan our holidays.
The importance of taking regular breaks and trips away is often overlooked. Working long hours in stressful environments will eventually take its toll and it will prove harmful to your long term physical and emotional well-being. Work stress makes us more susceptible to illness and burnout, while we may become less efficient and productive in our work. Whether you decide to take a long summer holiday in the sun, or take short and frequent trips away, the batteries will be recharged and you will come back a happier and healthier you.
Let’s explore some of the reasons why taking holidays are so important for our emotional and physical well-being:
The benefits of holidays also extend to the family relationships. Research by Lehto and colleagues in 2009 found that family holidays positively contribute towards family bonding, cohesiveness and solidarity. The laughter and memories created will last a life time and can only evoke happy and positive thoughts, which can be called upon at times of stress. While family holidays can be associated with stress, the benefits undoubtedly outweigh the drawbacks.
In conclusion, these are just some of the reasons why everyone should plan and take holidays this summer. Take the time to appreciate everything in your life, and don’t be afraid to have an adventure or try new things. Do it for yourself, your partner, your family, and most importantly, HAVE FUN.
Assistant Psychologist, BA, MS