Bills, family, and jobs often force vacations on the back-burner. Putting off a vacation is an all too familiar story for those who find it difficult to press pause. However, evidence-based research has shown that taking a vacation can have positive effects on your mind, body, relationships and overall well-being. Here are some of the benefits that veterans and service members should consider to make taking a vacation a greater priority.
Improved Mental Health- As the conversation about mental health in the U.S. expands, the stigma regarding PTSD, depression, and anxiety has started to shift. Medical professionals note that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that the two are often intertwined. Common concerns such as stress or sleep issues can lead to a compromised immune system, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues and laundry list of other conditions.
Vacations alleviate stress, and time away from the sources of stress helps the body heal. For many veterans, trips, cruises and adventures give the mind relief, with lasting effects that continue well after the vacation has ended.
Better Physical Health- The stress hormone, cortisol, can wreak serious havoc on the body. Several illnesses and conditions such as heart disease, obesity, headaches, stomach aches and low sex drive can be linked to stress. Time off is medicine. Taking a vacation can cut the risk of heart attack in men by 30 percent and in women by 50 percent
For those who suffer from chronic pain or illness, a vacation can be just what the doctor ordered, offering delicious dinners, comfortable hotel rooms, spas and activities.
Strengthening Relationships- Vacationing with loved ones improve relationships and strengthen bonds. Creating lasting memories, especially with children, is the most precious gift that will last a lifetime.
Creating a More Fulfilling Life- Taking a break from the daily routine doesn’t require a lot of time or money. With Government Vacation Rewards, there are thousands of destinations, hotels, resorts, cruises, and tours available within and outside the U.S. at discounted prices for those who have served. Government Vacation Rewards is dedicated to providing the lowest price on travel, guaranteed. If you buy somewhere else, you are paying too much. Visit GVR here and claim a $150 Travel Benefit.