Turns out there’s more to vacations than just relaxation.
Not surprisingly, going on holiday allows us to use our brains differently. We’re not in the surroundings of our offices, and we get other views and experiences. In addition, we often learn new things by getting familiar with new places and persons – or simply through what we watch or read.
While you’re vacationing, your mind stores your new inputs. Hopefully, it also relaxes you and makes sure you’re not on high alert, which is healthy in itself. When we return to work, we feel a fresh start for a reason: We’ve had some time off from our regular work life, which allows us to literally step back and view what we do from new angles. In this way, your break can spark a lot of creativity.
Research shows that taking a break also boosts productivity. In fact, countries with long holiday laws are usually the most productive countries, too.
Relaxing and reducing stress impacts creativity in a good way. “Vacations are important because they not only replenish the mind, they also reduce the physical effects of stress on the body,” says Kathleen Potempa, a professor at the University of Michigan.
So stay in your holiday mode. Avoid checking your emails if you can. It can create lots of creative value when you return.