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Why Vacation is Important for Your Mental Health

January 29, 2020

All week, we’ve been talking about why it’s important to Plan for Vacation. The U.S. Travel Association carves out a whole day for this holiday, but we’re spending a week on the topic because it’s more than just the numbers. So far, we’ve shared a lot about the economics behind using your PTO, or paid time off. While using what you’ve earned at work is important, this is much more than just making sure you don’t lose vacation days.

Why is it healthy to take a vacation?

Vacation is important to your mental health for a variety of reasons. If you don’t take a full-blown vacation, even something like a “mental health day” or two can make a huge difference. Still, getting away even to another part of the state is enough change to invoke real results to your mental wellness. Lucky for us, we have a number of attractions in the greater Champaign County area to assist in a recharge, refresh, and rejuvenating vacation. 

Vacation is a time to recharge.

Everyone needs a bit of a break to recharge. While it’s great to stay at home and take a break from things, the benefits increase when you travel with vacation time.

According the a U.S. Travel Association study, Americans are motivated to use their vacation time to travel if they are aiming to avoid burnout (28%), their friends or family ask them to come on a trip with them (23%) or the holidays are approaching (12%).

Consider a trip to the Visit Champaign County area when you’re needing to just recharge your internal battery. It’s known that time embracing and engaging with arts and culture can really make a difference in your mental health. From public art to formal and informal galleries, you have plenty of places to recharge in our local arts scene when traveling through the greater Champaign County area.

Vacation clears your mind and allows you to experience new things.

There’s nothing quite like clearing your mind with a great trip. Many love to travel when using their vacation time because they get chances to see and experience new things.

The U.S. Travel Association reports that Americans who travel with their vacation time experience increased reports of feeling relaxed, reduced stress, having fun, and making memories.

A great way to experience new things is to learn new things in the process! With a number of amazing museums in our area, a trip away to the greater Champaign County area is perfect for history buffs, or travelers looking to engage with everything from history and innovation to culture. Experience new things in Champaign County, and you’ll be glad you did!

Taking time for a vacation means investing back into yourself.

Sometimes, a trip can be more about you than the place you actually visit. A trip can be the difference between feeling lost and burnt out to feeling like you’re on the right track. Even just a weekend away can be truly life altering. We all know a trip can be beneficial, but the difference is really just putting pen to paper and requesting the time off now. Sometimes, all it takes is the time to actually plan something.

The U.S. Travel Association actually reports those who plan trips with their vacation time feel better about how their time off is used, their job, their personal life, and themselves.

The greater Champaign County area has just about anything you would want from a trip meant just for you. From an incredible food scene to countless agricultural and outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone in our community.

Think the greater Champaign County area sounds like a good vacation destination for you?

While you take this week to #PlanForVacation, don’t forget why it’s so important to take trips. There are so many opportunities waiting for you in the greater Champaign County area. Taking time to invest in your mental health is so important in today’s increasingly busy world, so why not do something for yourself and get away while you’re at it! Plan your trip today, and don’t forget to use your vacation time!

All information from the U.S. Travel Association and the cited studies can be explored here. 

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