If you’re stressed and think your physical and emotional health aren’t as great as they could be, then there’s good news on the horizon. Leisure activities and weekend breaks may be just what the doctor ordered to improve overall wellbeing.
Findings of fun and health
The Psychosomatic Medicine journal has recently published study findings that indicate a myriad of benefits can be had from leisure breaks and activities, from lowered blood pressure, BMI and stress hormones, to an improved sense of wellness overall.
Various scientists combined their efforts and asked 1,400 participants how regularly they took part in various activities like sports, relaxing, going on vacation or to clubs. Those that spent more time undertaking enjoyable activities were the ones who were in better health. That spent more time undertaking enjoyable activities were the ones who were in better health.
Of course, as the study’s co-author, Karen Matthews, acknowledges, it can be a vicious cycle. Stress is often the reason people become disinterested with leisure activities and shun them, as they deal with emotional challenges. However, the study would suggest that during such times, these fun, engaging activities can be most beneficial physically and psychologically.The study would suggest that during such times, these fun, engaging activities can be most beneficial physically and psychologically. Study would suggest that during such times, these fun, engaging activities can be most beneficial physically and psychologically.
Leisure activities can be whatever you want them to be, as long as they are fun and personally enjoyable. It could be a club, a sport, simply relaxing with a good book, a hobby or a mini break.
Time for a getaway
Getting away from day to day routines and life can refresh your body and mind, especially when it comes to increasing endorphins and reducing stress. Why not take a weekend break in a hotel or B&B? Alternatively, stay a little longer to make the most of a vibrant, exciting city filled with plenty of things do see and do, with serviced apartments in Birmingham, like the No.8 Waterloo Street apartments.
Another study, undertaken by Zawadzki at the University of California, shows that the stress reduction associated with leisure activities is a huge boon for overall wellbeing, reducing negative emotions and depression and improving a person’s happiness, focus and even life span.
Studies are increasingly showing the importance of taking time away from your usual routine and life’s stressors. Spending more time doing the things you love and enjoy, and taking weekend breaks to rejuvenate, could just be the best medicine for a healthier, happier life.