Fit & Fabulous: Why taking a holiday is vital for good health

Why taking a holiday is vital for good health

Are you feeling tired, sluggish, life is just a chore?  Maybe you need a holiday.

When was the last time you took a holiday?  No, not just a long weekend but a decent break of two weeks or more.  A break where you can just relax and do whatever you want to.  Sounds tempting doesn’t it?

We are currently on a cruise and it is the first holiday we have taken in 3 years.  The last few years we have been caring for my in-laws who were in their late 80s.  My FIL passed away last year and my MIL has recently moved to an aged care facility – she is almost 91.

We were definitely feeling burnt out!  My husband and I have had very short breaks away but not a long break where we can relax and be pampered so the cruise was a perfect way to enjoy a holiday.

If it is okay for students to take a Gap Year, why do adults feel that they can’t afford the time for a holiday?  I’m not saying you take a year off – which would be fantastic, however working constantly without a break is not healthy.

Here are  four  reasons why we need to take a holiday to be healthy and why you should schedule them into your life.  It isn’t called R&R for nothing.

1. It will relax your mind

Why taking a holiday is vital for good health

Your mental health is vitally important for you to keep functioning at your peak.  There is so much talk now about Mental Health in the Workplace and companies are trying to find ways to ease the stresses on their employees.  Taking a holiday removes you from your work and home environment and the stresses of day to day living.

2. It can improve your physical health

Why taking a holiday is vital for good health

If you work in an office, sitting at a desk for 8 plus hours a day then taking a holiday can improve your physical health.  You are more likely to be active when on holidays as you explore the places you are visiting.  If you are on a cruise you can power walk around the deck or go to the gym or yoga classes.

3. It helps your relationships

Why taking a holiday is vital for good health

When you are on a holiday there is time to actually talk and communicate with your partner without the interruptions of social media or other external factors.  You actually get to spend quality time together.

4. It will recharge you

Why taking a holiday is vital for good health

After a week or two of chilling out you will be feeling refreshed and recharged.  You will feel energetic and ready to get back into reality and work (once you get over the post holiday blues LOL).  You should notice a difference at work and be much more effective in completing your tasks.

If you are still not convinced read my post on The Pros & Cons of Cruising as that can be the perfect chill out relaxing holiday.

Now go plan that holiday!

What type of holiday do you find most relaxing?  I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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26 thoughts on “Fit & Fabulous: Why taking a holiday is vital for good health

  1. Donna

    Once again you have listed great perks of traveling. While my husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively, neither of us has ever (yet) been on a cruise. I look forward to reading your post about your current cruise. Enjoy!

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  2. Grammy Dee

    All good reasons to go on vacation 🙂 Thank you Sue for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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  3. Leanne | crestingthehill

    I think the best thing about travelling is that it gets you away from home and all the responsibilities that go with maintaining it – housework, lawn mowing, grocery shopping etc etc – it’s nice to let someone else take care of you for a while – and you deserve every moment of pampering you can get while you’re away on your cruise Sue xx

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  4. Molly Stevens

    All so true and I don’t have nearly enough time off. Ironic you post this the same day I published a post about going 148 days between holidays. It is atrocious how little time we have off in the U.S. My last week off was October and my next one is August and only 1 week. I can’t wait to retire!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know I saw you post Molly. I was talking to a friend who lived in the US for a time and she was saying how lucky we are in Australia with all the public holidays we have. It is healthy to have a break frequently and people are much more productive aren’t they. Hang in there Molly!

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  5. Leslie Clingan

    Hey sug! Great article. We are worn slick at my house. The construction of our pool has been trying and tiring. I keep thinking we can’t afford a holiday because we are paying for the pool but we NEED one! Might kidnap my PC and head to the mountains nearer payday. Pinned this great advise.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I think you should actually head to the mountains without your PC!!! I’m going to find it hard not to check my SM on the cruise but on the other hand I’m looking forward to being free and not worrying about keeping up with what is happening on Facebook etc. I hope you can have a break soon you will really feel great after it! Have a lovely week Leslie and thanks for stopping by x

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  6. [email protected]

    It’s like you are inside my head right now Sue! I have been thinking how much I feel like a holiday away. We went on a cruise in December but it was only 8 days and I guess that was nearly 5 months ago. I feel like a nice quiet beach holiday or a nice quiet holidays in a lovely little cottage in the mountains. A restful holiday where you have all the time in the world to lounge around reading books. I love early morning and late afternoon beach walks if on a beach holiday and likewise I love rainforest/bush walks when on a mountain holiday – or a drive down the mountain to the beach. I must plan something soon! Enjoy your cruise! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh what you have written Min is perfect a restful holiday. We are using this cruise as one and it is only 7 days but we will be going for a longer holiday in October. I really think life is so busy we need some quality rest and relaxation every 3 months. I hope you do plan something soon Min and then I can read about it in your blog!

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  7. Kathy Marris

    All I can say is YES, YES, YES & YES!! I’m a great advocate for taking holidays, either short or long. The world is such a big interesting place and we should definitely be out there exploring it! Enjoy your cruise Sue. 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      We are kindred spirits there Kathy I love travelling and exploring this wonderful world. As you say it could be just a weekend or a long adventure overseas. I think we have also earned it and that is a great benefit about retirement time to catch up on all of these wonderful experiences. Have a fabulous time in Italy if I don’t get to speak before. xx

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  8. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    I used to love little breaks away and holidays by the water..and then we moved here. I like that I can choose a bit of a break in each day as we literally have so few responsibilities these days. My hub is going to have 2 days away very soon on a road trip down memory lane. I am not interested in it but will miss him madly! I would like my health to be more consistent before travelling anywhere again soon so for now, am cruisey and happy here.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Well you live in a beautiful place Denyse so no need to go travelling to far. You have the best of both worlds, being able to wanted down to the water when you feel like it without having to pack!! Being happy is the most important thing in life so if you have that what more do you need? Have a great weekend and chat when I get back.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes Shirley you probably deserve some time away for yourself. Although it is lovely to have family with you but as you say not as much of a break. Have a great weekend. x

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  9. Jo Tracey

    I’m a firm believer in using all of your annual leave entitlements! It’s only when we pause or even step outside our normal that solutions, inspiration, perspective comes back. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I never thought that way Jo but over the years I certainly changed my mind. I think the business world has realised that staff taking holidays come back refreshed and more productive so it is a ‘win-win’.

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  10. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    Absolutely vital! My husband demands that we take regular holidays. In fact, he runs his own EBay store after work hours specifically as our holiday fund. We take around 3 a year. One big one (either to Qld or overseas) and a couple of smaller ones within driving distance. Definitely one of the keys to ageing positively
    #teamlovinlife

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  11. Jan Wild

    All of the above Sue, you have nailed it. We are flying out on Monday to Singapore and Penang and I know that as soon as I get on that plane I will be on holiday and feel so much more relaxed. Enjoy your precious time out!

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  12. Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject

    I totally agree with you about taking holidays Sue. Life is far too short! I’m trying to get my husband to take a holiday at the moment – or at least schedule one for the coming months. I’ll go and mention in again now – wish me luck! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

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