Between the demands of work and life, sometimes it seems like a holiday is the last thing we have time for. However, holidays are proven to have incredible benefits for your mind and body, allowing you to return to work and responsibilities with a rested body and a fresh mind.

Not convinced? Here are 9 reasons that might persuade you. 

#1. Holidays reduce stress

It’s important to take breaks from the stresses of daily life. You’ll return feeling energized and ready to take on whatever life has to offer.   

Even short holidays have been shown to reduce the physiological effects of stress.

Plus, once you’re back, you can revisit your happy memories and enjoy the relaxing after effects. 

#2. Holidays improve your performance at work

Studies show people are better at problem solving after a holiday, and are generally less tired and more engaged.

#3. Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter can strengthen the immune system. We laugh more on holidays, increasing the benefits for mind and body.

#4. Find your bliss by the ocean

The sound of waves crashing against the shore can have meditative effects, with research showing that listening to wave sounds alters wave patterns in the brain in the same way that meditation does.

#5. Get a healthy dose of vitamin D

The sunshine hormone controls calcium levels in the blood and vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased risk of other health conditions and diseases. Despite our temperate climate, almost 4 million Australians aren’t getting enough Vitamin D. Boost your levels on holidays, but make sure you slip, slop slap!

#6. The saltwater effect 

Salt water is nature’s miracle ointment. It can help to heal cuts and sores, clear up skin, and even clear your sinuses.

#7. Get better sleep

The Holiday Health Experiment conducted by the UK’s largest healthcare charity found that the sleep quality of holidaymakers improved by 17 per cent.

#8. Inspire your creativity 

Time away from the stresses of day-to-day life can help you to relax and refresh. A change of scenery also offers fresh inspiration. You never know where it’ll find you.

#9. Strengthen the bond with loved ones

Spend time with the ones you love outside your regular routine. You’ll learn more about each other and develop memories that you can treasure forever.