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Have you been on the “Nice List” this year? RSI Vacations asks - why not treat yourself to a little holiday getaway.? Not only do you deserve it for working hard all year, but it’s good for your health!

Did you know that stress produces changes in our bodies, that include higher blood pressure and a surge in stress hormones like adrenaline? This can cause blood to clot and increase the risk of a heart attack. When you are a work-a-holic, you're constantly subjecting your body to these situations. Stress can impair the hippocampal function, which is crucial for the acquisition of new information, such as names, facts, and PIN numbers and meeting times. It's not clear whether vacations cause better health or whether they are just an indicator of healthier lifestyles. But taking time off does appear to have physical and mental benefits. A 2005 study that analyzed research on 1,500 Wisconsin women showed that those who took vacations more frequently were less likely to become tense or depressed. Those women also reported being more satisfied with their marriages.

Vacations help ease tension, which can lead to depression. Not taking a break also seemed to indicate that women were not spending time focusing on their marriages. Even worse, the findings showed that nearly one in five women in the study reported taking a vacation only once in six years. A study of more than 12,000 men ages 35 to 57 at high-risk for coronary heart disease, showed that those who took regular annual vacations had a lower risk of death than those who skipped taking time off.

If you're out of practice when it comes to getting away, experts say there are a few things you can do to make sure that when you do take a vacation, it's a relaxing one. So…where do you want to go for your vacation this holiday season?




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