Health Notes: Rx for good health? Take the rest of the week offIf you feel like you need a vacation, maybe you do.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
If you feel like you need a vacation, maybe you do.
A researcher at the Essentia Institute of Rural Health studied the effect of vacations on rural women in Wisconsin and concluded that skipping vacations can lead to depression and stress, an Essentia Health news release reported.
Cathy McCarty, the institute’s principal research scientist, envisioned her study after a working stint in Australia, the news release said. She learned that people get four weeks off each year in Australia, and “no one’s embarrassed to take it.”
McCarty’s research, published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal, showed an increase in stress and depression among women who took vacations less than once a year. By contrast, those who took frequent vacations reported more satisfaction with their home and social lives as well as their jobs.
Now, McCarty seeks to study barriers to vacations, the news release said. She will examine how such factors as the economy and an increase in electronic communication devices affect Americans’ ability to get away from it all. The study will survey 1,000 men and women between the ages of 25 and 60 from Duluth, rural Minnesota, Fargo and rural North Dakota. Her goal is to eventually determine whether even a day or two of vacation makes a difference to our health and well-being.