Science says holidays are the best thing for your body
If your boss needs some convincing to approve your annual leave, this study will make it hard for them to say no.
Researchers of a study published in the Translational Psychiatry journal looked at people’s wellbeing while on holiday and in the month following, and they found huge health benefits.
In fact, just six days of vacay time were found to change the way our genes function, like lowering stress, boosting the immune system, and lowering levels of proteins liked to dementia and depression.
In the study, people who were on a meditation retreat were compared to those who were chillaxing on a normal vacation. Both options were found to be great for your wellbeing, and all contributed to the ‘vacation effect’. The health benefits continued even 10 months later when people continued to meditate.
“Vacation in a relaxing, resort-like environment takes you away from your day-to-day grind, which may be high stress in which your body is in a more defensive-like posture, with pressures to meet deadlines, dealing with angry customers, ‘battling’ with colleagues for resources to accomplish your mission or whatever,” explained senior author Dr. Eric Schadt, founding director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai in New York.
“On a relaxing vacation you allow your body to get out of that defensive posture, reduce your levels of stress which in turn affects the states of cells that are involved in your immune system,” he added.
BRB, booking a trip to the Maldives.