Going on holiday is good for the soul, but there are lots of other positive benefits that come after going on a vacation.
Travel site Expedia surveyed a group of 31 million Brits to determine why going on holiday really is nature’s best medicine, and came up with some interesting results.
It’s not surprising that 81 percent said they felt better after a trip, while 46 percent said they felt more relaxed. 42 percent said they felt happier and 35 percent said they felt less stressed.
However, holidays yield some unexpected beauty benefits too, with 10 percent claiming they saw an improvement in the condition of their skin and six percent claimed they lost weight while being away (which is surprising, since don't we all eat more when we travel?). 14 percent felt healthier after taking a break, while 10 percent were more confident.
Holiday side effects also extended to the bedroom, with 20 percent sleeping better upon returning home, and six percent reporting a higher sex drive.
“One of the best things about holidays is that by coming out of your routine you don't have to worry about ‘must dos’ and can have new experiences on your terms,” Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, who assisted with the study, commented.
“You're free to do as much or a little as you like, which in turn makes you feel more relaxed. This can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which when significantly elevated in the body can have a negative impact on organs such as the skin.”
The holiday effect can last anywhere between three weeks to three months.
Dr. Papadopoulos adds that with the reduction of stress, positive benefits like motivation and productivity shine through.
“Exposure to a healthy amount of sunshine is also believed to increase the brain's release of the hormone serotonin, which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused,” she pointed out.