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Help Your Heart by Getting Creative with “Vacations”

You may have had to cancel your summer vacation. Perhaps the time you were supposed to be in the Jamaican sun has come and gone and for the first time in years, you’ve experienced winter without a break.

Thanks, COVID.

The ‘rona has halted plans and led to all kinds of additional stressors. Stressors that can harm your heart. And even if you don’t necessarily realize it, those vacations can play a major role in your mental and physical well-being.

Getting away from it all can allow your brain to recharge and your adrenaline and cortisol levels to regulate. Research has also shown that going on annual holidays can reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases compared to staying put.

There is also work to show that vacations can reduce heart-disease markers and metabolic syndrome, including lower cholesterol. One study showed that annual vacations could cut the risk of dying from heart disease by up to 30%.

There are nearly too many benefits of pleasurable travel to list. And I’m sure at this point you’re thinking of memories past. This year, however, travel might be out of the question. But if you get creative, you may still experience some of its health benefits.

What do you love about vacations? Is it alone time? The adventure? What about the idea of having zero deadlines? Maybe it renews the lust in your relationship. Whatever it is, try tapping into that at home.

Schedule a few days a week where you just forget about it all: the financial stress, chores, or anything else you “have” to do. Take your mind, or body, away from your usual environment to release.

Exploring a park or trail nearby, developing a new hobby, or planning a romantic getaway at home can all help relax your nerves and ease the burden on your heart. Schedule some time all alone to sit with a book and a drink. Getting out for a walk can also be helpful and refreshing.

If you’re urging for some of the unpredictability of a vacation, consider doing a Zoom call with friends and dressing up for a holiday, music, or movie-themed party. Slap on your vacation-only hat and to step out of your environment without actually going anywhere.

Just because you can’t physically getaway, you can still find ways to escape the monotony and transport yourself. It just takes a little creativity, and you can get the benefits of travel at home.


Author Bio

Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.

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