Summer is the time for vacations and relaxation – but 2020 had other plans. As many people have had to cancel their planned summer trips and travel has been restricted, you may be wondering if it’s even worth taking time off this summer – especially if you’re still working from home. Experts say it’s more important than ever.
Stress contributes to a lot of health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. As the global pandemic, with its health, work, and financial concerns have raised the stress level for many, doctors are worried about the long term effects.
Vacation time – even just a day or two – has been shown to reduce stress levels, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure. Taking the time to relax lets your body and your mind heal, and many people find when they return to work they’re more productive and creative.
Vacation Ideas for 2020
While your original vacation plans may have been cancelled, there are lots of ways to relax and unwind, while still staying safe. Road trips are always popular, but even more so as people aim to avoid mass transit. Renting a cabin or going camping are two great options to stay socially distanced while still getting out of your town and getting a break.
You don’t have to leave home to reap the benefits of a vacation, though. Simply unplugging from work and enjoying your local parks, having a family campfire in the backyard, or engaging in a favorite hobby will help boost your health and your mood. Virtual tourism is another option, with many websites offering live webcams and virtual tours to attractions around the world.
Whether you take off a week or simply a day here and there, it’s more important than ever to take some time to relax and unwind. Even if it’s not the vacation you dreamed of, time spent enjoying nature, connecting with family, and away from the computer screen will help decrease your stress and give you the boost you need.