Weekend outings are better mood boosters than long vacations. These short getaways, such as a trip to the beach or to the mountains boost your mental and emotional health.
People who take frequent getaways that last two to four days tend to be happier, calmer and more activated than those who rarely take time off, suggests a psychotherapist in New York City, Jonathan Alpert, who is also an author of “Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days.” She says that giving a small amount of time to plan smaller vacations can benefit your mental health.
According to a nationwide survey conducted on 1,015 people ages 25 and older by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the rate of U.S. people planning a weekend trip is increased in 2018 than 2017. The ratio was 78% in 2017 and now its 85%.
Weekend escapes are very easy to organize as they follow through on smaller breaks that mean less stress and anxiety. In longer vacations, we need to take many factors into account like the price of plane tickets, or lining up accommodations.
A new research on this recommendation suggests that outings boost your brain’s creativity because never-seen-before sights and sounds refresh different parts of your brain
“Time with yourself is essential to connect with the deeper parts of yourself, as well as a higher power in the universe,” Jonathan says. “When we get out of our regular environment and routines and place ourselves in a new environment, we are able to truly reset and renew. We can take stock of our lives without any distractions and get a clear mental picture of where we are and where we want to go in our lives.”
Sarah Buscaino is a seasoned journalist with 10 years experience as a reporter and investigative journalist. While studying journalism in Toronto, Sarah got her break as an intern at CITY TV. As a contributor to Island Daily Tribune, Sara covers municipal and provincial politics.