Health Benefits Offered by On the Beach

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Health Benefits Offered by On the Beach

People are not designed by nature to be closed into a box while at home, or at work for long periods of time. Simply trading one box for another doesn’t help the issue either, it’s a matter of routine causing the doldrums and a desperate need to escape almost anywhere to bring back the pep to your step. It can be troublesome managing not only the time away from work, but the money to be spent on a holiday but it is so important to our health to get away once in a while.

Ancient man was nomadic, and this need to explore the open world has not left our species. It feels great to satisfy this need knowing that it need not be atrociously expensive to be opulent and decadent, to get that rejuvenation you’re hoping for. On the Beach manages to pair luxury quality surrounds situated right on the beachfront with the ability to live comfortably while visiting. If you don’t have to stress your finances while on holiday – so much the better for your overall health and ability to relax.

There have been numerous studies that show benefits in getting away. They say that leaving holiday days unused decreases productivity and increases stress and other health risks, burnout inclusive. Holiday taking even revives the heart, recharges the mind and relaxes the body. This holiday taking does not have to be a two-week venture. These benefits can come just after one weekend away by simply stowing away the stresses of daily life to enjoy being fully connected elsewhere. Studies go on to show that of the people who participate in leisure activities, more report higher degrees of satisfaction with every aspect of life in general, report fewer negative emotions and have more spiritual connections. They have a greater feeling of hopefulness and contentment than those who do not take holidays.

The Framingham Heart Study, a long-term study on cardiovascular risks which started in 1948 analyzed adults at risk of heart disease. Over a 9 year period, they looked at the effects of holiday taking on these people and found positive correlations between holidays taken frequently and a longer and healthier lifespan. Men who skipped holiday taking for a few years consecutively raised their chance of a heart attack by 30% as opposed to those who took a holiday just one week out of every year. Clinical psychologist Deborah Mulhern MD has written plenty about this very subject. (read it here) Neglecting your mental and emotional health is just as bad as leaving a disease untreated, so when you’re planning your next check-up, be sure to look into food for the soul like a trip away.

“Without time and opportunity to do this (take a holiday), the neural connections that produce feelings of calm and peacefulness become weaker, making it actually more difficult to shift into less-stressed modes…What neuoroscience is showing is that we require down time in order for our bodies to go through the process of restoration. It is only when we are safe from external stresses that our bodies can relax enough to activate restoration.” (Mulhern D, MD., 2011)

Research from the Netherlands further illustrates this with a study taken to measure the effect that holidays have on overall happiness and whether it lasted beyond the trip. Happiness levels were measured across 1,530 Dutch adults. 974 of them took holidays during the 32 week study.  The largest gain in happiness came while planning the holiday, which they refer to as vacation anticipation. It boosted happiness for an 8 week period thereafter, after which levels returned to a baseline. Upon further inspection, they found that the people whose happiness remained higher after they returned were the ones who took holidays more than once a year. They posited that those people who never got to take a holiday got such a spike from the desperate ideal of pleasure to get away, that it would have been impossible to keep up after they returned. Of the participants who were most unhappy after the trip, most were found to experience this due to anticipating their arrival back at work, which ruined the end of their holiday. This shows us that it’s important to take many small trips during a year instead of just one big one.

When you stop and think about how much daily stress we deal with, it’s no wonder we turn into robots performing daily tasks without feeling, because if we did feel constantly we would fall apart. Even when we are not paying attention to the stresses placed on ourselves, chronic stress works in the background and causes massive problems with health. It can keep us unable to resist infection, can help cause more injuries, and reduces vital functioning of our bodies. Sleep patterns begin to suffer as does digestion and nutrition. It becomes more rewarding to eat bad foods to gain the spikes in our blood sugar needed to get through a taxing day. You become mentally irritable, depressed or anxious as well as suffering memory issues and poor decision making. All of these things makes a person unpleasant company so they also end up isolated, lonely and eventually suffer a disconnect from life socially speaking. Holiday taking breaks this cycle, gives fresh perspective, allows true relaxation and a chance for real joy to bloom.

Scott McCabe, a British researcher said that the personal benefits of holiday taking include: rest and recuperation from work; provision of new experiences leading to a broadening of horizons and the opportunity for learning and intercultural communication; promotion of peace and understanding; personal and social development;visiting friends and relatives, and subjective well-being. He feels so strongly about these benefits that he even thinks they’re big enough to justify making funds available to those who cannot afford a holiday.

On the Beach is the perfect destination in terms of comfort, relaxation, luxury and peacefulness and can easily break the monotony of daily life no matter where you choose to visit from. Come for a weekend, or spend a few weeks here and you’ll see the health benefits for yourself, and realize just how much the soul craves a holiday Wilderness style.

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