Just as with exercise and a balanced diet, going on vacation can help you lead a healthy life.
According to a Finnish study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, released by the Sinc news agency, taking over three weeks of vacation a year can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This finding is related to having a significant impact on reducing stress.
“Vacation is a good way to get stress relief,” states Timo Strandberg, a professor at Helsinki University and coauthor of the study. As Strandberg also mentions, while stress management was not part of preventive medicine in the seventies, currently, the recommendation is to not forget about this aspect of daily life, and that taking some days to rest is an important part of it. “It is wrong to believe that by leading a healthy lifestyle you can compensate for having a job that is too intense and not taking vacations,” he cautions.
Some of the recommendations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration include taking time to disconnect from work and your routine, spending time alone and with the ones you love, constantly being careful of what you eat, staying well hydrated, and protecting yourself from the sun (if you go to the beach).
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