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In Defense of the Winter Vacation: Why I'm Packing My Bags

Written by Savannah Marie, Community Blogger | Feb 5, 2016 1:31 PM

When it comes to the seasons, summer gets all of the glory. It's no surprise because, after all, it's the sunniest, warmest time of the year. It's also when many of us split town for a long-awaited vacation. As you look out of your window at snowflakes falling down and wintry winds rustling bare trees, you might dream of warm, summery places.

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Instead of waiting, why not go on that vacation now? You can escape the cold weather, and it's a great time for budget-friendly travelers. Need more of a push? Here are 5 more reasons why I'm out of here this winter.

Vacationing Is Good for Your Health

No matter when you go on vacation, it's a chance for you to give your mind and body a rest. Leisure activities, including vacation, have been proven to boost positive emotional levels and decrease depression in those suffering from breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and more.

Time away helps you fight stress and shed pounds as you let go of stressors that cause you to pack them on. Vacationing also helps you sleep longer and more soundly when you return.

Vacationing Helps You Live Longer

The more stressed you are, the more likely you are to die a premature death. Stress taxes the system and can lead to raised blood pressure and decreased immunity, which negatively affect your body.

A more specific study solidified this general notion, as it found that men between the ages of 35 and 57 who go on vacation decrease their risk of death by 20 percent. As for women, those who vacation at least twice a year have far lower levels of stress and depression in their lives than females who stayed at work year-round.

Vacationing Makes You More Creative

Whether you're crafting an ad campaign for a multi-million dollar company or crafting an email to your boss, work requires your undivided attention while you're there. This can certainly be draining, especially for those who work in the creative field. Vacations allow creatives to clear their minds of the clutter and come up with what they've been grasping for from within cubicle walls.

You Have the Time to Vacation

Stress is one epidemic that plagues the American people. Unused vacation time is another. In 2014, 42 percent of Americans didn't take a single vacation day. It's such a problem that there's a name for this no-days-off mentality: work martyr syndrome.

People tend to believe they'll lose their competitive edge if they take vacation, so they stick it out at the office no matter what. This train of thought is completely misguided. You should take advantage of your time off if you want to be the best version of yourself while you're on the job.

You'll Be Happier Before and After Your Vacation

Unless you're a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of traveler, you will plan your vacation for weeks and months leading up to it. You will plan activities to do, sights to see, and foods to eat. This will inevitably put you in a good mood.

Once you return, you might expect to feel bummed out because it's over, but think again: you'll maintain a higher level of happiness and life satisfaction that can improve your relationships and your overall outlook on life. Whoa. If that doesn't seal the deal, we don't know what will. A vacation improves your health, life expectancy, creativity and happiness levels, and you have the time to make it happen. What are you waiting for?

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