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If you’re overdue for a vacation, prioritize getting away and changing your scenery because vacations are not just about fun--they can help relieve stress and improve your health.

Many people don’t take a vacation often enough while some people almost never escape the routine of their daily lives. But research shows that people who regularly take time off from their daily lives often get an extra bonus for doing so. What these folks are doing is giving their mind and body the gift of improved health.

How can vacations improve your health? Let’s start with the fact that a vacation can lower stress levels. Those getaways give you extra time to recharge your batteries. One of the most significant reasons to take a vacation is that your “down time” may help you stay healthy longer.

One study found that when people are on vacation, enjoying the freedom from everyday stress, they keep that anxiety-free feeling as long as five weeks after the vacation is over. That’s a huge benefit!

A stress-less vacation not only leads to better health overall, it can lead to better brain health. Did you know that your brain produces between 5,000 and 10,000 brain new brain cells each day? But if you are leading a life filled with tension and worry, the stress in your life actually hinders the brain’s elasticity.

If you’ve dragged your feet about taking a vacation this year, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to worry about all the things that you have to do in order to make a vacation happen. After all, when you leave home base for a while it takes planning and time, and for some people that alone can be stressful.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Remember, once you get away, you’ll have time to relax and release pent-up stress and rejuvenate your mind and body.

Here are some tips for making your getaway a low-stress vacation and the best time off it can possibly be.

•Take the hassle out with careful planning. Take care of as many details ahead of time as possible. That means don’t show up at busy tourist destinations during peak times without lodging reservations.

•Prepare for the unexpected (every getaway has more than one unforeseen situation). Think through “what if” scenarios ahead of time. Then pack, plan and prepare yourself for them as best as you can.

•Go with the flow. Once you get to your vacation spot, it’s time to let go, and give in to a less stressful flow of life. Recognize that you can’t control everything, and when you’re on vacation, you shouldn’t worry about being in charge of things you can’t control.

Vacations are more than a state of mind. They are a time we all need to rejuvenate, to create lasting, terrific memories for our families, and improve our health while we’re having fun.
 
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