Take a Break!
WE may buzz around all day unearthing great insurance deals, but even we know at InsureAnts HQ how important it is to take a break.
Of course, when I go on holiday, I do enjoy the added relaxation of knowing I’ve managed to find a great deal on travel insurance. But don’t take my word for it (or indeed, my Hawaiian shirt-wearing colleague, GrAnt’s), a survey out recently said that holidays are actually good for your health.
I suppose that goes without saying, as we do feel a lot less stress when we go on holidays (well, that is after you’ve queued at check-in for two hours, found out the airline has lost your luggage and discovered that the seaview room you booked at the hotel looks out onto a puddle and some palm trees).
But apparently nipping off on your hols can even reduce the risk of heart disease and stress-related illnesses by 32 per cent – that’s a lot less stress.
Of course holidays (or vacations as our American cousins call them) give you the chance to spend some quality time with the family and the people you love. It may be one of the few times in the year when you do this – I’ll leave you to decide whether that’s a good or bad thing.
Rest and relaxation
Everybody has their own way of kicking back and relaxing. For me, I’m a bit more of a thrill-seeker when it comes to holidays, whereas Ant Toinette prefers to soak up the sun and GrAnt likes to soak up the beer (and the odd Pina Colada).
Others prefer to be as far away as possible from their hectic lifestyle, which is why things like African safaris are so popular.
They give people the chance to really get away from it all as not only can they view wild animals in their natural habitats, they can also be free from the cacophony of noises coming from mobiles, TVs and other forms of modern technology.
For some, the more remote the better as you can leave all your worries behind you and you don’t have to be bothered about checking your email or phoning the office to see if everything is ticking along nicely without you (chances are, it probably is).
A holiday break for mind and body
Getting away can be good for your mind too. Some psychologists even believe a good holiday can be as important as good night’s sleep (Does that mean GrAnt’s afternoon naps are likely a weekend city break?).
I suppose it makes sense – when you come back from holiday, your batteries are recharged and you’re more likely to be ready to get stuck into work again – that is unless one of those bulls has managed to catch up with me in Pamplona!
Going on holiday can help declutter your mind, as well as making it easier for you to take in information and think and look at things more clearly.
Your body can also suffer if you don’t take enough holidays. Studies have shown that people are more likely to get sick if they don’t take enough time off work and in the USA, it was even found that women who didn’t take a holiday for six years were eight times more likely to suffer heart disease than those who took a couple of holidays a year.
Men are also more likely to suffer physically if they don’t take a break. A study found that men who didn’t go on holiday every year were increasing their risk of dying from a heart attack by over 30 per cent.
We may live in difficult economic times, but surely that’s more reason to take a holiday than not. If you’re savvy enough, you can enjoy the benefits of low currencies in other parts of the world, particularly Africa. I think it might be time to hang up the bungee rope and head out on safari. No GrAnt, they don’t have karaoke on the Serengeti plains.