A study conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that doing a vacation like going to museums or the beach nearby is important for the brain.
Here are 4 reasons that make the holiday becomes important for the brain, as quoted from Myfoxorlando com, Tuesday (16/08/2011), namely:
1. Improve Memory
Dr. Russell Poldrack as director of the Imaging Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin said the holiday will provide a new experience, this condition will make the brain responds by releasing dopamine into the hippocampus (part of the brain that creates a memory or memories). This will improve memory and help protect against Alzheimer's disease.
2. Enhance creativity
American and French researchers found the holidays can increase the ability to solve problems, raise awareness of the connection is lost and to encourage people to try something new. This is because vacation facilitate the mind's creativity.
3. Sharpens concentration
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh reported that people with serious health conditions tend to take less time thus increasing the levels of stress hormones. Poldrack said when someone is tired, then the prefrontal cortex will be overwhelmed due to the amount of stress hormones and makes one lose focus or concentration.
4. Provide rest periods
The study found 2-3 days after the holiday people will have a rest period and a higher quality sleep, it can even be increased to 80 percent. Quality sleep can improve memory and brain health.
To benefit from the vacation is done, then there are some things that should be considered in making the holidays:
To travel long distances, thus forcing one to adapt to new environments and enhance creativity. Schedule time for sleep, leisure and sports during the holidays, if all three are included in the vacation schedule could benefit from a vacation for the brain. Avoid the work, researchers from Tel Aviv University found that people who are always in touch with work like always brings Blackberry unlikely to benefit from vacation. Dissemination, in the Journal of Travel Medicine is known that to socialize with new friends can reduce stress.