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The Health Benefits of Taking a Break

We all know taking breaks are generally good for you—they relax your mind, reduce stress and help you feel refreshed. But often, in the name of being busy and having too many things to do (or just being distracted), we take too few breaks.

Here are a few reminders of why getting away (from your desk and your city) is so important for your mind:

You’ll boost your physical and emotional health

No matter what type of break your taking, you’re in store for long-term health benefits. Getting away to nature? Studies have shown that this leads to reduced stress and anxiety. Even if you’re just taking a break from your desk to stretch or walk, you’ll be reducing the negative side effects caused by sitting for long periods of time—like heart disease, diabetes, and depression.

A break in the woods.

You’ll improve your ability to work

It sounds counterintuitive, but taking a break from work is shown to improve work. Unplugging from the routine of your job refreshes your mind with new ideas, increases your creativity and helps you stay motivated on long-term tasks. That, in turn, can help you achieve higher levels of performance and productivity in the office. Whether that’s in a Getaway, or an extended lunch break, remember: resting well leads to working well.

You’ll strengthen your relationships

Breaks can be spent alone or with others, each having profound effects. If you choose to vacation with your partner or family, having a shared experience contributes to better communication, relaxation, and learning—which can lead to becoming more connected to each other, with less time scrolling and more time making memories.

Embrace the breaks. Resist the guilt about taking time away from work, whether it’s a walk around the block or weekend away, because resting your mind leads to a happier, healthier life.

To schedule a regular break into your life, we recently introduced Getaway Often Packs, which lets you book more nights off in our cabins for less.

For other recommendations on breaks and beyond, email them to us at [email protected]