If you answered no, hooray for you! (And, by the way, what planet are you from?)
Our body’s old response to modern stress can be dangerous
Division of duty is the name of the brain game
But if you answered yes (like any normal member of the human race), you’re likely heartened by the arrival of vacation season. Just the ticket for a little stress-reduction.
And that can have some big payoffs. It can lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and help you live longer. It may even make you smarter.
“A vacation is not a luxury,” says Jens Pruessner, an associate professor in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal. “It’s an investment in your health.”
Summer is fast approaching and so are vacations. We recently had a week’s vacation and it was fraught with bad weather, a sick family member….lost sleep…and tempers that were hanging by a thread.
We know that a vacation by the sea is not just a luxury…usually we have a relaxing week at our seaside home, watching the sunrise from our bedroom, catching up on reading, eating the “catch of the day” from our local fish market with a glass of wine. We take in some of the nearby antique and tourist shops. A stroll in Newport along Thames street and the wharf is always a must.
We treasure our time at the sea, even if we have bad weather and illness… it still helps lower our blood pressure and prepare us for a return to work and life in the “fast-lane”.