Benefits of winter sun holidays
Undoubtedly, everyone feels a little low, sluggish and in need of some motivation in the winter months. With the short days and gloomy dark skies, it is hard not to. Taking a holiday has proven benefits to your health, however, taking a sunny break in the winter may be just what your body is lacking.
Holidays in general have both physical and psychological benefits. Going on a holiday can help lower your stress levels and make you feel happier. Consequently, this strengthens your immunity and mental health with the effects lasting for a few months after returning. Most people also feel more motivated and productive after a holiday.
Moderate exposure to sun, especially during the winter when your body is depleted of it, can be very beneficial. In moderation, sunlight is great for your health as it provides the essential vitamin; vitamin D. Vitamin D strengthens your immunity, helps you maintain healthy bones and lowers the risk of certain diseases.
A winter break can also be very helpful if you are suffering with seasonal affective syndrome (SAD). For more information on SAD, please read our previous blog Winter Blues or SAD?.
It is important to note that during the winter months, the average exercise a person does usually reduces. This may be due to the shorter days and cold weather leading people to spend more time indoors and consequently, eating more. We also tend to layer up on clothes so our body is less exposed, meaning we can disguise the extra few pounds very easily. Furthermore, going on a holiday usually increases exercise levels due to the time we spend outdoors and a few good examples would include swimming and surfing.
Sleep is a vital part of our life. During sleep, the body undergoes regeneration, repair and cell renewal. It is very important to get the right amount of sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and well rested. Sleep can have effects on immunity, weight loss, general mood, sex life and memory. During a holiday, people tend to sleep better and there may be a few reasons for this. Hotels usually use blackout curtains, meaning the room is completely dark when you are sleeping. The body’s internal clock is conditioned to turn off during dark and turn on during light, so when the room is completely blacked out, you will have a higher chance of getting undisturbed sleep and feeling more refreshed during the day. The other important factor is that you are stress-free, meaning your mind is empty when you are going to bed which provides you a better night’s sleep.
So, if you are planning a holiday it may be that your warm sunny destination is not 6 months away but just around the corner!
It is important to note that all the suggestions in this blog can be applied to your lifestyle without going on holiday too. Vitamin D, good night’s sleep and exercise are all factors that keep your body healthy. For more information, please contact our pharmacists!