Here's how a holiday can boost your mental wellbeing

The skies are blue, the sun is shining - and you are looking out on it all from your office window while rushing to finish that report that was due last week! While the warm weather can provide a mental boost for many people, it is estimated that around 80% of office workers in the UK feel burnt out, meaning it could be time to switch on those ‘out of offices’ and book a short break.

Booking a holiday can not only a great way to top up your tan, but can actually be really great for your mental health. Abie Taylor-Spencer from Smart TMS is here to detail exactly why you need to book a holiday this summer!

Anticipation

The benefits of a holiday can begin even before you even jet off! Having something positive to look forward to can improve our overall sense of well-being and can actually help to overcome stressful situations. Research has found that thinking about a future event, such as an imminent holiday, can reduce impulsive behaviour. Many people also report that anticipating experiences is more enjoyable than looking forward to material gifts – in this case, a holiday can be even more exciting than your birthday, or Christmas! Therefore, even booking a holiday can reduce stress, and enable us to better deal with stressful situations.

Sunny Moods                                                                                 

Simply travelling to a warmer climate can have a positive impact on mental and physical health. Sunlight exposure has been linked to increased serotonin release and vitamin D production. Not only that, vitamin D is great for your bones, skin and provides an immune system boost to help you fight off any illness.

Research has found that a deficiency of vitamin D and serotonin could be connected to depression, therefore catching those extra rays could be great for your mood. Additionally, serotonin is important for mood regulation and your sleep-wake cycle. So, soak up those rays, but don't forget your sun cream!

New Experiences

Why not book a scuba diving lesson, or learn how to jet ski? Mastering new skills can boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence, meaning that you are more likely to try new things in the future. Taking part in activities like this will also be fun and make the holiday one to remember all while boosting your mood.

Disconnect

Try to leave your mobile phone and technology at home. This can allow you to truly enjoy the moment, and experience what’s around you. If you are vacationing alone, this can give you some well needed ‘you’ time – you will be able to relax without any distractions. If you are travelling with others, this will enable you to be more engaged and connect with them on a deeper level.

Surprisingly, the effects of a holiday can also have a positive impact on your return to work. The feelings of rejuvenation and replenished energy levels can translate to greater motivation and productivity in the office. So, if you ever needed an excuse to book a holiday, this is it!

Abie Taylor-Spencer TMS Technician for Smart TMS, the UK’s leading mental health clinic specialising in transcranial magnetic stimulation

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