It’s a satisfying feeling to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on people’s lives. I graduated from Health and Sports Science in 2004 as an Exercise Physiologist. It’s my job at Ignite to do whatever I can to ensure our clients are using Ignite and getting the great results that everyone wants.
I’m not talking about taking a holiday from being happy, rather the benefits of planning and taking your next holiday for your happiness and health.
Having just returned from a 2 week break, I can certainly atest to feeling the flow on effects to my stress levels, sleep and overall perspective after 2 relaxing weeks on the Great Ocean Road with my family. On the advice of a wise Ignite client we also planned our next holiday immediately after returning and I must say, life feels good.
It turns out that wise Ignite client was onto something. A 2010 study found that the process of planning and anticipating a holiday makes one happier. Interestingly this happiness extended to after the holiday only in instances where “a very relaxed holiday” was enjoyed.
It seems poorly planned, stressful vacations may mitigate the positive effects of vacation on our post holiday happiness.
As a side note to this, research from 2009 shows that people who spend money on experiences rather than possessions are happier. All the more reason to plan your next break!
One of the biggest challenges I see people face is dealing with the demands of a high responsibility full time job and the disruptive flow on effects this has to things like food preperation, exercise routine and comfort eating and alcohol consumption.
On top of our ongoing strategies that we have in place for these area’s, digging into the planning of your next holiday could be a piece of the stress management puzzle you are missing.
From this I leave you with the following:
1) Do you know where your next holiday is? When it will be? With whom? If not, now is as good a time as any to start thinking.
2) If you do have your next holiday planned, I’d encourage you to really indulge in the planning and anticipation of it. Doing this may boost your happiness in the lead up to your holiday, make for a more relaxing time while you’re away and then leave you feeling more refreshed and energised upon your return.