Here’s my colleague Bob Cummings from Michigan (which also has a few beautiful lakes) on how to unplug for health. He provides references at the bottom, giving you a choice to plug into them…or not.
Vacations – Unplugged And Then Some – For Health and Well-being
Today marks the official start of summer, and for many, summer is vacation time.
Research has found that vacations are beneficial for health and well-being, at least in the short run.
For example, one study¹ looked at fifty-three employees and measured physical complaints and the quality of sleep and mood both 10 days before and 3 days after vacations. These measures all improved. And then, again, five weeks after vacations, the employees still reported fewer physical complaints. The study concluded that vacations may improve well-being on a short-term basis.
Perhaps not surprisingly, though, it depends on the nature of the vacation. For example, other studies² have found that:
- Health-related vacation outcomes depend on how a vacation is organized.
- Choosing especially pleasant vacation activities is better for health and well-being.
- Working during a vacation negatively influences health and well-being after vacation.
Stress has adverse effects on health, which means that reducing stress is good for health. So one point of a vacation is to vacate our work and it’s responsibilities and any related stress.
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