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The Power of Vacations for Mental Health

We often don’t realize how much we need something until we get it. Vacations are one of those things. In our busy and demanding day-to-day lives, it’s easy for us to lose sight of our own health, mentally and physically. 

Traveling is essential for your well-being and can also improve your overall performance. As much as the idea of mandatory vacations sounds absurd, it can help improve your productivity at your workplace. According to Harvard Business Review, vacations increased productivity by 13%, creativity by 33%, and happiness by 25%. Here are some of the mental health benefits of travel and vacation.

Gives you a mental and physical break

Imagine yourself on a sunny beach surrounded by waves. Going on a vacation relieves your body of tension and stress thus reinforcing your mental health. Mindfulness retreats such as meditation exercises can stimulate your mind and improve your wellness. Treating yourself to a getaway can be just what you need for a breather and to reconnect with yourself.

Reduces stress

If you want a better way of lowering your stress levels, craving a change of scenery, and improving your mental health, then consider traveling more. Even the act of planning a vacation can help you focus your energy in a more productive way, channeling your energy into engaging, creative, and exciting activities instead of rumination or over-working.

Boosts creativity

When you travel to a new environment, it reduces burnout and allows you to perform better in the office. Employees who take time away from the office to travel come up with new and more creative perspectives. Allowing yourself to take some time for mental reprieve and to expose yourself to new places gives you the ability to recharge and return to your day-to-day life with a fresh, stimulated, and more open mind.

Man enjoying sea view during vacation as a mental health strategy

Improves your relationship with others

Being accustomed to your day-to-day routine can dampen the excitement of the company of loved ones. But when you take time for vacations with them you get to spend more quality time together and try new things, thus strengthening the bond. These effects will last even after you’ve come back home. Studies reveal that couples who go on a vacation together have better mental health, stronger relationships, improved communication, and are more gratified.

Evokes positive feelings

Vacations are full of feel-good activities that will boost your mood. Going on a trip, even for a short period, makes you feel happier because you can take a break from some of your daily responsibilities. Traveling or going on vacation will also improve your mental health because you’ll be exploring, relaxing, and doing other enjoyable activities. Even the thought of a vacation or just planning one is a happiness booster.

Local getaways

If you are looking for a vacation destination full of fun and warm weather, then Miami is the place. It draws millions of travelers from all walks of life. You might as well start checking out some of the best Miami vacation spots next time you want to recharge your mental health and well-being.

  • If you are in Miami and looking to stay in shape then you can take advantage of many fitness activities. You can go for a run along Eden Roc Miami Beach, or take advantage of the fitness classes and rental bikes it offers. Another option is Third Street Beach Yoga where you can enjoy free daily yoga from 7a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Don’t leave Miami before savoring some amazing dishes. Juvia serves amazing Peruvian, Japanese, and French food and offers a view to kill for. Redfish offers fresh seafood dishes and transports you back to an island.
  • Are you looking to pamper yourself after a long day? Carillon Miami Wellness Resort boasts some of the best wellness and spa equipment for massages, saunas, and therapy.

Take the step of transforming your life today and visit some of the best Miami vacation spots on your bucket list for enhanced mental health.

Anna Marchenko

Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M. is the principal therapist at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy. She holds a bachelor's degree from NYU and dual masters degrees from Columbia University. Marchenko’s hypnosis certification is from the only hypnosis program in Florida that has been certified by the state’s Board of Education. She helps her clients by utilizing an integrative approach to psychotherapy, tailored to each individual’s mental health journey, drawing from hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, NLP therapy, EMDR, and more.

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