Workers caught up in the rat race take only half the vacation time they have earned. While there is nothing wrong with working hard, it is important to remember the benefits of rest.
Studies show that people who take at least one vacation a year reduce the risk of death from heart disease by 30%. Working hard, day after day is stressful. Stress makes it harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle by feeding bad habits and health risks, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, overeating, physical inactivity, smoking, and self-medicating with alcohol.
One of the best stress relievers is a relaxing vacation. Take time to catch up on much-needed sleep and take time for yourself to exercise or relax, to lower your risk of heart disease. Also, after a refreshing break, it is easier to keep up a healthy lifestyle every day.
Coming home from a vacation to work piled up can undo all that relaxation. You may find it easier to take short vacations more often instead of long getaways. Limit your time on the phone and email while gone. If needed, schedule away messages on your phone and email, so your colleagues know you are away and when to expect you back. Plan time when you are back to catch up on work. Also, be sure to plan your next vacation!
If you have any health concerns, address them with an exam at Carolina Heart & Leg Center, P.A. Then book your flight for a well-earned, heart-healthy vacation.
Your vacation days don’t just get you out of the office — they give you the opportunity to better your heart health. At Carolina Heart & Leg Center, P.A., we can provide tips for improving or maintaining your heart health even when you’re not on vacation. To make an appointment with us, call 910-491-1760 or fill out our online appointment request form.
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