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HEALTHY NEW YEAR | MAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF
A Vacation from Stress
S
tress is sometimes unavoidable. Among deadlines, financial issues and
family responsibilities, it might feel like you can’t get caught up emotionally.
There are several crucial reasons to learn to cut the stress out this New Year.
Low levels of stress can be
good for you, even causing
hormones to overload your
body that will increase your
heart rate and give an energy
boost. When stress begins
interfering with your ability to
lead a normal life, it becomes
dangerous. This January, plan
a vacation to reset your stress
levels.
DON’T STRESS
ABOUT PLANNING
The whole point of taking a
stress-free vacation is to avoid
the pressures of your everyday
life. Planning a vacation can
get stressful if you’re attempt-
ing to do it alone. Instead,
enlist the help of your local
travel agency.
Professional agents can take
control by booking hotel
rooms and flight tickets, and
can even provide an itinerary
of attractions at your destina-
tion.
CHOOSING A DESTINATION
When planning your vaca-
tion spot, decide on your get-
away goals. For instance, if
long lines or big crowds aren’t
your idea of relaxing, you may
benefit from booking a trip to
a less popular vacation desti-
nation. America is full of beau-
tiful places that aren’t consid-
ered tourist hotspots.
The time of year can also
play a major role in how busy
a destination will be. Do some
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research to find out when your
dream destination is busiest.
Planning around their slow
times may save you money
and will cut down on the
crowds.
SECURE YOUR HOME
Leaving your home for a
long period of time can be
stressful. The last thing you
want to do on your vacation is
worry about your house being
taken care of. Find a reliable
house sitter to check in on
your home or even stay while
you are gone.
In addition to a house sitter,
it is a good idea to talk to a
home security agency. They
can send alerts to your smart-
phone or even let you tune in
to your security cameras. This
peace of mind will add to your
stress-free state of mind.