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You Can Stay at Home for a Great Getaway

By Tom Herrin

Fear should never be a good reason for avoiding a break from the everyday grind.  The fact is that many people have some kinds of fears that may interfere with their ability to find a way to have a change of pace.  Those fears often involve financial obligations, family relationships, or any of a variety of other things. It is important to remember that a vacation should be productive for health, not some requirement to fulfill an obligation to challenge personal stability.  A vacation may be taken and be every bit as productive when little money is spent. The important things may be accomplished with a minimal amount of effort.

It May Protect Your Heart

Simply changing perspective may provide enough of a break to help improve a person’s overall outlook.  Putting those daily worries out of sight for a short period of time may be just what is needed to brighten the day.  The great news is that it does not have to be elaborate or expensive. A quality break may consist of something that the whole family is able to help plan and look forward to.  Even a zoo outing or a visit to a local amusement park may help to create a feeling that a burden has been lifted. Another really inexpensive vacation can be a camping trip. It can allow for short walks and time outdoors.  Studies have shown that people who take regular vacations have fewer serious health problems.

It Can Increase Happiness

Even though many people feel the need to have new things, happiness really is not bought by money.  Spending time off from the regular routine may do far more than anything else to boost a person’s overall health.  It may seem like a load lifted and a new outlook. It can help to reduce depression and stress. This can, in turn, create an environment in which people can have a renewed perspective on life.

It May Improve Relationships

I have found that spending time with family, whether at an amusement park, at an historical site, or in a car on a road trip, can help strengthen our relationships.  We find out thing about each other that may not otherwise be discussed. And in our case, dealing with adversities with a cheerful outlook can help model behaviors for children and provide an opportunity to laugh at ourselves.  I often tell people who ask me about vacations that I am fortunate enough to have auto breakdowns all over the country. My family will bear me out on that, and it has been great.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.


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