Vacations are hugely beneficial for our mental and physical health, and both psychologists and physicians have devoted research to how travelers can make the positive effects last long after a vacation ends. Because, unfortunately, the good feelings can start disappearing before you’ve even boarded your flight home.
On vacations, we let go of daily stressors. Our blood pressure drops, concentration improves, we sleep more deeply and become distinctly more aware of our emotions and thoughts
In fact, according to the Framingham Heart Study and the American Medical Association, our blood pressure can fall so significantly while on vacation that it can stay down even after we’re back home. The risk of strokes and heart attacks is correspondingly lessened, too.
The good news is, travelers can also take deliberate steps during and after a vacation to prolong the feel-good effects of a leisurely getaway!
Here are a few pointers just for that –
- Invest in experiences, not souvenirs
One key way to make the positive effects is to focus on making experiential purchases while on vacation, rather than shopping for material goods. These experiences become part of our personalities and can shape our outlooks and also by the fact that experiences provided more conversational value.
- Planning ahead
On a pragmatic level, you can also plan ahead. It makes something immediately to look forward to for the next year. In fact, the anticipation became part of the vacation itself!. It is found that planning (for eg, making a list) can free your mind of intrusive thoughts and leave you feeling clear headed and more earnest about making your next trip a reality called the Zeigarnik effect.
A Research says ”Committing to a specific plan for a goal may therefore not only facilitate attainment of the goal, but may also free cognitive resources for other pursuits,”
3. Exercising gratitude
Bear in mind that if you get to take a vacation, and that you’re one lucky human being. Being grateful that you were able to break away from the office is a good place to start. It will help you appreciate the time away and, as a result, make you feel less disappointed that you have to come back to reality. So while you’re at your getaway sipping on your tropical beverage, being grateful for having the opportunity to avail certain luxuries that others can’t can help draw more meaning from them.
Thus, Being grateful for the privilege of breaking up a tired routine is a good place to start when thinking about your time spent away. The idea of intentional and purposeful travel is a concept that requires to be pondered over both before and during the vacation; as the idea of a vacation is not just to have fun during the time off, but to come back home with relevant insights and learnings, which can be further implemented in your daily life.
And yes, Mandeha’s Travel Tangible Tool does just that. So read up, plan, experience, learn, and implement!