At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, residents and team members work to embody successful aging practices in everyday life. Successful aging includes focusing on optimal health in the four primary categories of wellness – physical, mental, social, and spiritual.
As summer approaches, you may feel like you’re behind the curve in work-related tasks or progress on your New Year’s resolutions. But rather than keeping your nose to the grindstone, it may be a better option to take the opposite approach. Vacations are an important component of successful aging, particularly for those of us who are currently employed. Here are some of the benefits of taking some time off.
- Improved performance and focus. Vacations give you a mental break, helping you return energized, with fresh eyes and stronger focus.
- Boost your heart health and overall well-being. Researchers have shown that people who do not take vacation for one year assume a higher risk of heart disease. Conversely, vacations decrease the risk of depression.
- Gain new perspectives. Vacations give us an opportunity to gain perspectives on our own lives and others’, helping improve our happiness and allowing us to build a greater sense of empathy for others.
- Experience personal growth. As part of gaining a new perspective, vacations give you time to reflect upon your life and identify new avenues for personal and social development.
- Strengthen bonds with loved ones. Vacations promote shared experiences among family members and friends, helping strengthen bonds, communication skills, and solidarity.
Already used your vacation time for this year and still feeling stressed? Try these successful aging tips for letting go.
By Penny Vittoria, Successful Aging Coach