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New research shows that the feel-good effects of being on vacation may be helping our health more than you may have first imagined, boosting our immune systems and kick starting our bodies into action.

The study showed that although often people feel that they are suffering a spout of the blues after returning to work from their fantastic holidays, the benefits of taking a holiday run a little deeper than you might imagine, with a boosted immune system by gene activity and positive psychological changes that have been linked to a reduction of risks of depression and related illnesses.

Part of the reasons behind this working is that on holiday we often take part in activities we would not normally in daily life, this makes use of muscles in both your brain and body that may have been inactive for some time and kicks them back into action. This means that your body can work at full capacity once again, and can leave you feeling healthier as well as giving our bodies and immune systems.

Another reason behind this is that stress is not healthy for you, it causes strain on your body and mind, so when you take some time away from daily life, releasing the pent up stress, can leave you feeling lighter and more relaxed. These effects can last for up to a month on return, leaving you healthier and happier than your pre-holiday-self!

“It’s intuitive that taking a vacation reduces biological processes related to stress, but it was still impressive to see the large changes in gene expression from being away from the busy pace of life, in a relaxing environment, in such a short period of time,” commented an author of the study, Dr Elissa Epel.

She added: “Our results point to both a significant ‘vacation effect’ that benefitted all groups, and a suppression of stress-related responses.”

So if you are feeling a little under the weather, why not embark on a family break UK, without traveling too far you can experience a better self of well-being and happiness, even just a short weekend away could do you the world of good, so take a look at our themed breaks today!