It’s no secret that stress has a massive impact on our health, both physical and mental. Reduce stress and you also reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure and mental health issues… the list goes on.
The sad truth is that some of us don't appreciate our health
until it's too late; until either we or someone close to us has a
wake-up call that makes us sit up and value our physical and mental
wellbeing. Whether you're currently in top shape, looking to
improve or want to totally revamp your health routine, taking a
sabbatical not only
eliminates the health-battering stress-factor of work from our
lives, but also allows us to focus generally on what our bodies and
minds actually want and need.
We've become so used to rushing from pillar to post, grabbing
food on the go (we're no strangers to a cheeky desk lunch between
meetings), pushing ourselves until we have no energy to do anything
but watch TV and go to bed; where do we find the time to simply sit
and think and reflect? Mindfulness and meditation have become
increasingly popular in the West for this very reason - we're
searching for a way to be in tune with ourselves - but it's often
temporary, and finding the time can be tough, so the cycle
continues. Even our sacred holidays that we've worked so hard for
are only a temporary change of pace before we're right back in the
rat race again.
Always being in work mode can mean we forget to make time for
the things we actually enjoy and that make us happy. Studies show
that 15% of people are experiencing mental health problems in the
workplace, and evidence suggests that 13% of all sickness absence
days in the UK are attributable to mental health issues.
Sabbaticals provide a remedy, a total break from the norm to help
us reset ourselves, refocus our priorities and - essentially - put
our wellbeing and happiness first. Being happier makes us