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We all deserve a little break occasionally. In fact it’s not good for our mental or physical health to keep our noses to the grindstone 24/7. And if you still need convincing, here are three good reasons why taking a break is good for you.

Laugh a little

One of the best things about going on hols is the chance to chill out and laugh a little. And according to research carried out by Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, laughing is good for you.

The Prof claims that laughter causes our bodies to release endorphins – natural feel-good chemicals that provide a sense of wellbeing and even a mild euphoria. These are the same chemicals that are released during high-intensity exercise, so laughing can provide a post-exercise “high” without the hard work.

Endorphins also combat stress and provide effective short-term pain relief. So if you’re frazzled at work or you suffer chronic pain from a bad back or arthritis, laughter really can be the best medicine.

Fresh air and exercise

Most of us spend more time sitting down than is good for us. So if you have the chance to get some fresh air and exercise, you really should take it. And a holiday or short break is the perfect time to do so.

Of course, if your idea of the perfect break is a couple of boozy nights followed by long days snoozing in the sun, then that probably doesn’t qualify. But if you can find time to take a brisk walk along the beach, you’ll come home refreshed and re-energized.

Regular walking can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, type-2 diabetes and asthma. And a rapid walk will burn around 350 calories an hour. So if you enjoy stretching your legs while you’re away, why not make it a habit when you come home?

Family time

We all live hectic lives these days, as we juggle stressful jobs and busy social calendars. So it can be tricky finding the opportunity to spend quality time with the family. Which is why holidays are so important  – because everyone gets squished together in a small apartment, hotel room or maybe a caravan. And you have no choice but to get on with each other.

Even families who squabble at home find it easier to get along when they’re away. That’s because we’re all a little more human once we’ve left behind those sources of stress. Like work worries and daily household chores. So it’s good to get away, even if it’s just for a couple of days.

If you don’t have the time or the spare cash to treat yourself to a break, you can still take steps to boost your health and wellbeing at work – check out this advice from the NHS. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/workplaceoverview.aspx

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