Regular vacations can prevent a heart attack
- It is well known that stress contributes to heart disease. Over time, chronic stress from the competing demands of your work, finances and home life takes its toll.
- Stress can contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure, which can cause a heart attack.
- In addition, depression is also linked to heart disease and stress.
- Neuroscientists have found that the brain structure is actually altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, which can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression.
- According to the Nielsen Research Study (December 2013) commissioned by Diamond Resorts International®, over three-quarters of respondents reported feeling happier when they vacationed regularly.
Regular vacations can make you smarter
- If you feel distracted and can’t concentrate because of everyday stresses, you are not alone.
- Studies found that chronic stress can actually modulate a part of your brain that inhibits goal-directed activity and can cause problems with memory.
- This affects work performance, which in turn creates more stress in a vicious cycle.
- No wonder 71% of respondents in the same Nielsen Study were more satisfied at work when they regularly took a vacation.
Regular vacations can improve your sex life
- The term “vacation sex” is a real phenomenon.
- Many lose interest in sex or have performance issues when worried about work and financial pressures.
- Chronic stress and higher cortisol levels are associated with lower sex hormone levels, such as testosterone, that contribute to loss of libido.
- 80% of respondents in the Nielsen Study who were on vacation, or regularly took time to vacation, reported increased romance in their relationship, which translates into better sex!
Regular vacations can make you thinner
- For stress eaters, everyday stresses can make you fat. Science supports this and regular vacations can help.
- Over 75% of respondents in the Nielsen Study reported positive feelings and extreme happiness while on vacation.
- For stress eaters, this may break the overeating cycle.
Regular vacations are a necessity
- The Nielsen Study found that planning and taking regular vacations lets 96% of you who “Stay Vacationed.™” enjoy and cherish the time you spend with your family.
Stay happy. Stay healthy. Stay Vacationed.™
Dr. Leigh Vinocur