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Have you ever tried improving on your emotional wellbeing by taking a vacation during the holidays? How successful was the venture?

There are scores of obvious benefits when we go on holidays. Experts even note that not taking a vacation can be ‘seriously bad’ for your health. This may sound unbelievable, but a study carried out by Nuffield Health, the UK’s biggest healthcare charity, showed that people who did not take a vacation had higher blood pressure, did not sleep well and experienced high levels of stress.

Scientists are of the opinion that when people take a holiday, they experience reduced blood pressure which greatly reduces the chances of them having a stroke or heart attack. The scientists also believe that people on vacation sleep better, and this is good for their immune system.

According to psychotherapist Christine Webber, who carried out the study, “It’s apparent from our results that the majority of people feel happier, more rested and much less stressed because of their vacations.”

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Dr. Lucy Goundry, Nuffield Health’s medical director, notes that for the first time, their clinical results show how vacations help people reduce their blood pressure, improve their sleep and better manage their stress levels. She notes that the results “clearly demonstrate that on holiday our ability to physically cope with stress improves.”

Other experts have voiced their opinion on the importance of taking a vacation. According to primary care physician Natasha Withers from One Medical Group in New York, “Rest, relaxation, and stress reduction are very important for people’s well-being and health. These can be accomplished through daily activities, such as exercise and meditation, but vacation is an important part of this as well.”

Withers cites a decreased risk of heart disease and improved reaction times as some of the benefits of taking some time off in a vacation.

Corinne Usher is another expert who has spoken out on the importance of taking a vacation. For 20 years, she managed Britain’s NHS Mental Health Psychological services in Buckinghamshire. According to her, “Not taking our full annual leave entitlement can lead to people feeling resentful towards colleagues in the workplace, and more likely to make mistakes.”

She notes that a lot of research being carried out on the subject shows interesting benefits of taking a vacation; it helps make us more creative problem solvers, it refreshes our motivation, increases or level of happiness, and reduces our levels of stress and emotional exhaustion. Corinne says, “These promote greater survival rates for people at risk of heart problems and better family relationships, to name a few.”

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