Vacations and meditation retreats offer lasting health benefits.

Along with a nourishing diet and regular exercise, taking breaks from daily events that might cause a stress response is essential for good health. And a recent study puts a scientific stamp of approval on two potential avenues for downtime. Seeking to compare the effects of meditation and vacation, researchers measured biological changes among both novice and experienced meditators at a focused retreat and among those enjoying a resort vacation. As it turns out, both “the meditation effect” and “the vacation effect” are great for your health! All groups showed changes related to the stress response and immune function — and reported feeling less stress, less depression, and more vitality a month later. The improvements in well-being lasted longer in the meditators than in the vacationers, and the experienced meditators showed biological patterns that are associated with healthy aging. Whether you decide to do some meditating or just kick back poolside, you’ll likely do your body a world of good. For lasting health benefits and stress management, plan a daily meditation “retreat” (i.e., practice) in the comfort of your home.

Meditation and vacation effects have an impact on disease-associated molecular phenotypes

"As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you've allotted for vacation." John Battelle

Posted on March 23, 2017 and filed under wellness.