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Taking Leave reduces stress and improves health

taking leave reduces stress and other health benefits as discussed by fish and field biokineticists

It’s amazing how quickly this year has gone by! And yet there are a many of us who still want to ‘get a lot done’ before the end of the year.  That said, most of us are also looking forward to taking leave for a long-awaited break. To have a bit more time to ourselves, to either sit and just do nothing for a change, or get all those little things done we’ve been wanting to do for so long. Besides the fact that we look forward to this break, it actually turns out to be very important to our health, not only psychologically but also physically. 

The benefits you receive from taking leave or going away on holiday include:

  • Reducing stress levels. Which in turns helps to reduce headaches, anxiety, blood pressure, and depression. It has also been found that reduced stress levels result in a decline in alcohol consumption, which leads to an increase in work performance and productivity.
  • Reducing depression. It is said that the risk of depression is reduced as the frequency of vacation is increased.  Increased frequency in taking leave also reduces feelings of tension and tiredness.
  • Boosting your love for life. A positive leave or holiday experience can spill over into our daily life, boosting overall satisfaction in social life, family life, love life, work life and spiritual life.  This in turn results in better relationships, with more people being satisfied in their marriages when stress levels are reduced.
  • Reducing risk of heart disease. One study showed a 67 % increase in risk of heart disease in people working 11 hours or more per day in comparison to people only working 7 – 8 hours per day.  Another study concludes that skipping out on taking regular vacation increases men’s risk of a heart attack by 32% and women’s risk by 50%.
  • Extending your life span. Studies have shown a reduced risk of death among middle-aged men at high risk of developing heart disease.
  • Manage your weight. Taking leave or going on holiday more frequently can help with weight management.  This is due to having higher cortisol levels when you are stressed, which can result in weight gain.  Thus, reducing your stress levels will help reduce your cortisol levels and therefore, help you to lose weight.
  • Improvement in sleep quality has also be noted.

Taking leave more often has it’s benefits too!

It is recommended that you take leave twice a year. Ideally each break should be a minimum of 2 weeks.  This will yield more benefits than taking shorter breaks (for example long weekends) more frequently throughout the year. 

With all of that said, please note that our practice will be closing this festive season for a much-needed break.  Nicole will be taking leave from the 16th of December 2018 until the 6th of January 2019 and I (Jenna) will be taking leave from the 22nd of December 2018 until the 13th of January 2019. 

Fish and Field Biokineticists would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every client for their support this year.  We hope you a wonderful festive season, spent with loved ones, and get plenty of rest so that we can start 2019 off strong.  And we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Happy Holidays!

Author: Jenna-Lee Field at Fish and Field Biokineticists

References:

http://www.australianunity.com.au/health-insurance/existing-members/wellplan-online/general-health/the-benefits-of-annual-leave
https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-you/heres-why-you-cant-afford-to-not-take-annual-leave-20170714
https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-vacations-really-boost-physical-and-mental-health/
https://www.thrillist.com/health/nation/10-health-benefits-of-going-on-vacation-why-you-should-take-a-vacation#

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