Holidays 2018: Beat January blues by booking a holiday now
Booking a January winter sun holiday could help you beat low mood at this time of year, said a leading psychologist.
Going away in the January period – known as a “depressing time of year” – can help you relax and gain valuable perspective.
You will return in a better state to deal with your everyday life, said Dr Niall Campbell, consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in Roehampton.
“Holidays, especially in hot climates, have the potential to break into that stress cycle leaving you feeling ready to take on the world again.
Holidays 2018: Going away helps you get a sense of perspective
“We gain perspective on our problems, get to relax with our families, and get a break from routines.
It is important, however, to make sure you take long enough to feel the benefits – as a long weekend may not be enough.
Make sure your holiday is at least six days long, found one University of California study, in order to reduce stress.
The benefits of taking a holiday begin from the moment you book, it, explains Dr Campbell.
Apparently “even just the planning and thinking about it” will make you happier.
“The knowledge that you are going to break your stressful routine and have a sunshine holiday at a depressing time of year boosts your happiness hormones – oxytocin and serotonin – as well as your adrenalin.
This enables people to feel mentally and physically stronger at work or at home.
You will also continue to reap the benefits when you arrive home.
Holidays 2018: The psychological benefits start the moment you book a holiday
“Studies have shown that the benefits of a sunshine vacation are physical as well as psychological, and can last for a month after returning home.
“While on holiday people can top up their vitamin D levels which are important for healthy bones and skin. ”
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