You probably know by now that we’re firm believers that traveling is good for you. That taking some time to travel can be the best investment you’ve ever made. Well, now I found an article which really supports this idea. Just listen to this for example: “A proper vacation can light up higher order brain function that a year of pernicious stress has dimmed and debilitated”!
The article is called “Want your brain to make you brilliant? Give it a vacation” and is written by Don Joseph Goewey, someone I have been following for a while. He’s a man who has been working with people in stressful situations, and I mean really stressful situations. Like people faced with serious illnesses, parents who have lost children, life sentencened prisoners and war refugees. Most recently though, he has been focusing on people overwhelmed by the demands of work and family, a situation I guess many of you are familiar with.
According to the Harris Poll, people (Americans that is but I’m sure they’re not the only ones) are working harder than ever, putting in 100 – 200 more hours per year than their parents. Quoting Don Joseph Goewey:
“Those are averages; you might be working more than that. These extra hours are time away from our kids, friends, spouses, and even our bed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says we sleep less than our parents did; one to two hours less. Vacation is a time to recoup that lost time and revitalize our minds and hearts.”
Yep, couldn’t agree more!
The downsides of our overworking lifestyle can also be seen very clearly in the morbidity and mortality statistics. The #1 killer is not the same as it was a hundred years ago, when most people dyed from bacterial and viral infections as well as childbirth for women. The #1 killer today is stress related diseases. He continues:
“ If we go about it correctly, a vacation can break the negative cycle and renew us in ways that can make the upcoming year less stressful.”
But you all know this already don’t you? That you feel so much better when you take some time off from the everyday stresses. Knowing is one thing though, doing is something completely different
And here’s where the But’s set in. “But I don’t have enough money” or “I don’t have the time” for example. At a first glance, this might be true but if you take a deeper look at your situation, there’s usually something you can do to change things around to create the money and the time. Often it’s about seeing what’s important in your life and start prioritizing, like your health, your family, your future…
But being in a stressful mode can make it more difficult to see clearly. Here’s Don Joseph Goewey again:
“Stress hormones also hyper-activate the brain’s fear center producing Type-A behavior and locking our brain into “threat mode.” This neurotoxic brain state tends to interpret any uncertainty as a threat to our survival. When you think I can’t afford to take time off, it’s usually the brain’s fear center thinking for you. It’s the brain using you, instead of you using the brain. You need to reset the brain to peace, which is the neuroplastic state that rebuilds and restores higher brain function. Vacation is a good way to reset the brain to peace”
So listen to this wise man (and to yourself) and let your brain go on vacation for a while, and as we believe, the longer the better. Taking the time to travel, preferably long term, is not only good for you as you can see, it can literally save your life!
To read this whole interesting article click here