The head and the heart
While taking a break is a good way to clear your mind, it can also do wonders for your heart. Those who’ve vacationed (or staycationed) frequently in the past year have a lower chance of developing risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Simply put: The more you decompress from work stress, the more likely you are to avoid heart issues. Also, neglecting to take vacation for consecutive years can increase your risk of developing heart disease.
With both your head and your heart in good shape, you can return to your projects with renewed vigor. With the country beginning to reopen in the wake of the pandemic, if you’re overdue for a vacation, now’s an excellent time to start booking.
Disconnect and drift away
Even if you’re not sitting at a computer or actively working on a project, you may still be connected to work on your phone or tablet. This can seriously hinder your ability to enjoy life outside your profession. Taking time to step away from your screen and your projects is a great way to de-stress, and live free of deadlines and other responsibilities. It help you return with a clear head. However, if you must check into the office, schedule a 15-minute session once a day — and leave work behind once it’s over.
This can also lead to better sleep — a vacation can correct the habits that often lead to restless sleep, such as prolonged work hours or using mobile devices before bed. As a bonus, a full night’s sleep prevents issues such as impaired memory, making vacation a vital element for your health.