How Taking a Holiday, Its Highs and Lows, Can Impact Your Wellness
Are you feeling tired and overwhelmed at home or at work? One of the best things you can do for yourself, your health, and your peace of mind is to plan a short getaway. You are probably thinking, “I don’t have time to take a few days off. There’s so much to do.” However, that’s absolutely the wrong way to think about giving yourself an emotional break from your regular responsibilities and routines. How you feel, both your emotional and physical health, are essential to you being able to accomplish your daily goals. Emotional and physical wellness are how you are able to cope with the pressures of everyday life and allow you to adapt more easily to change and difficult times.
Taking a short or an extended break allows you to travel and travel to different places is exciting and fun. Aside from visiting a new place and meeting new people, studies show that traveling has a number of positive health benefits. A number of studies have shown how vacationers experience lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels, increased energy levels, better sleep quality, and improved emotional stability.
Taking a real break means leaving your work laptop behind and actually disconnecting from your everyday world for a few days in order to give your body, mind, and soul a chance to reset. Keep in mind when choosing a getaway spot that you want to maintain your physical health by staying active and eating healthy foods. Taking a break doesn’t have to derail your workouts or change your healthy eating style. When planning a getaway, keep in mind your physical and emotional needs in order to enjoy a health boost. If taking a vacation gives you guilty feelings, then don’t take a vacation; instead, take a wellness retreat.
Going on a wellness retreat or wellness holiday allows you to enjoy some time away from daily obligations, responsibilities, problems, and stresses from home and work. By removing yourself from everyday situations, you give yourself a chance to focus on activities and places that you enjoy. Feelings of enjoyment and contentment reduce anxiety which allows your body to reduce its production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Reducing the cortisol in your body equals a better mood, increased fertility, better digestion, while also decreasing the risk of heart attack. Usually, your improved mood and energy will also help you stick with a healthy diet as you won’t be stress or binge eating. Studies show that the benefits of a wellness retreat can last for weeks after you return to your normal schedule.
When choosing a place to visit, you want to make sure that you will be able to enjoy physical activities beyond visiting the resort gym. Hiking, bike riding, horse back riding, surfing, canoeing, snorkeling, yoga, and mountain climbing are only a few of the activities you might want to plan. You will be keeping active joining into sports that are fun and healthy. Staying active will help reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, strengthen your heart, and help you build muscle while losing fat. You might even make new friends or find a new hobby or sport that you now love. An added health benefit for you is that you will be enjoying these activities in the fresh air and in the sunshine and boosting your body’s absorption of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for healthy muscles, bones, and teeth.
Taking a wellness holiday doesn’t mean you are planning to party all night and close down the local bar. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “I’m on vacation-I can do what ever I want.” Thinking like that will only increase your stress levels as you nurse a hangover or wonder, “What did I do last night?” Eating healthy nutritious meals and participating in healthy exciting activities should improve your sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy body as your body rebuilds itself at night when you sleep. Waking up rested allows you to have the energy to enjoy all the experiences available. This mindset should be all the incentive you need to maintain your health and fitness goals.
Hopefully thinking this way will help you avoid the pitfalls many fall into when they choose to take a vacation. Choosing to consume too much alcohol, or eating fatty processed foods, or just lying by the pool or beach will set you back mentally and physically. Remember you are on a wellness retreat and not just an ordinary vacation.
From the time you book your getaway, you will start to reap emotional benefits. Having something to look forward to will boost your mood and improve your mental outlook in the weeks or days until you embark on your wellness retreat. Once you are immersed in your wellness retreat, the benefits will increase exponentially. Less stress and lower anxiety levels will allow you to get better sleep which will give you increased energy levels and an even more enhanced mood and outlook. The increase in endorphins that your body will produce from exercising and participating in other activities will naturally decrease your stress levels. You will find upon your return home an improvement in your feelings about your life. You will feel an increase in your creativity and productivity levels. The physical benefits of your fitness retreat – the lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, weight loss , improved sleep quality, and increased energy, will decrease your risk of disease and mental or emotional health issues. So, book your fitness retreat and go make some unforgettable lifetime memories while you boost your health and well-being.
How Can Androgenix Help?
If you want to live your best life, the medical practitioners at Androgenix are here to help. If you have any questions about deficiencies due to diet, stress, or life situations, please contact us with your questions. If you are concerned about how to insure you are giving your body what it needs to be at its best or have any other concerns about any areas of your health, please contact our office and make an appointment with our staff. Our staff of caring healthcare practitioners are here to answer your questions and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. You will be monitored by our team for treatment effectiveness and side effects of any recommended treatment on a regular basis. Our team at Androgenix is always here to support your journey to a better, healthier, and happier you.
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*Unless otherwise stated, individual results may vary depending on many factors not all patients “feel” or achieve the same results.