How soon after your last vacation has ended do you begin organizing your next vacation? A vacation is the one week or maybe a long weekend that everyone looks forward to. A vacation may involve traveling on planes, boats, trains, or automobiles.

Don’t forget, some of the best vacations can be had just unwinding at home and exploring your own city. It should not be a surprise that vacations are a big boost to our mental health. Researchers actually spent their time studying vacations. Do you think that was just an excuse for them to take a vacation?

The following are the five reasons why vacations are important:

Improve Your Self-Confidence

Visiting new countries or destinations should make you happy. You are unwinding and enjoying new experiences. They get your brain neurons firing in positive directions. This will result in your mood shifting which in turn makes you feel more self-confident. Basically, you are feeling fulfilled because you have earned this vacation. This is something we should all be experiencing on a regular basis.

Make You More Independent

While the ultimate goal of any vacation or short break is to unwind, you will still be busy making decisions and, hopefully, moving outside of your comfort zone. You get to experience new things that you may not consider trying at home. You may be navigating through unfamiliar places and a foreign language. All of this is going to increase your sense of independence which you can take back to your daily routine. In other words, after your vacation you be able to say with much more confidence, “I can do this.”

Help Reduce Stress

You know that refreshed feeling you get after taking a nap? You now have a boost of energy and feel ready to take on the next challenge. This is what a vacation provides but times seven days. Traveling gives you the opportunity to take your mind off of the stresses from your daily work routine. Studies have shown that more than eighty percent of respondents had experienced a large drop in stress just after two days of traveling. This also includes airport travel! You can be busy enjoying yourself on a vacation and still feel stress-free.

Help You Be More Creative

Do you come up with your best ideas in the shower? This might be because focusing on one thing can free up your brain to think of something else, and voila you get a great idea! The same thing happens while on vacation. Traveling is a great way to stimulate your creative juices. You may not be writing the next best-selling novel but you may have an improved approach to solving problems in your day job.

They Help You Process

The aim of taking a vacation is to spend a lot of time doing nothing. This can come in the form of taking a long drive along a scenic road or spending the day relaxing on a beach. This gives our brains the opportunity to process everything that has been “building up” in our minds. There’s also the opportunity to embrace different cultures through the people, food, and sights. It is a good thing whenever we can get a different point of view that allows us to change our perspectives.

Once you return from your vacation, you can begin to use everything you have discovered and learned about yourself in your “normal life.” It’s time for a vacation!