Are Holiday Prescriptions on the Horizon?

Posted on 06 Oct 2016 by Anna Scott
There’s no denying that a break can do us the world of good, but new scientific research suggests that it goes one step further by boosting our immune systems too. A study undertaken by the Queen Mary University of London found that sprucing up the living space of mice (in effect changing their surroundings and recreating a ‘mouse holiday’ as much as possible) had a positive effect on their T cells, the things that help fight disease.

Scientists argue that this research has shown a link between emotional response and immune response with no drugs input whatsoever, so does this mean that holiday prescriptions might soon be on the horizon? Who knows, but if you find modern life is getting a bit too much, here are some suggestions for relaxing holidays and day trips that could, at the very least, relieve your stress for a short amount of time…


Countryside Cottage Getaways

Country CottageA lot of the time we just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and what could be more relaxing than the tranquillity of the countryside on our home shores? The beauty of finding a peaceful holiday cottage to let is that it lends itself to relaxation whatever the time of year you need to get away – in the summer you can bask in the sunshine, and in the winter, you can curl up in front of the fire after a bracing walk. Wherever you live in the UK, there’s bound to be a country cottage not too far away, but if you want to book somewhere in the warmer West Country region, Helpful Holidays promo codes are currently offering money off bookings for remainder of 2016 (valid when booking before 16th October).


All Inclusive and Stress Free

Beach holiday MaldivesTheirs is only one drawback to the self-catering cottage holiday – the fact you have to do most of the chores you undertake at home, albeit in slightly prettier surroundings. Although very peaceful and tranquil, for some people this might be a bit of a deal breaker when looking for ultimate relaxation. Certain folk don’t find the idea of an all-inclusive holiday at all relaxing, but there’s no reason why you have to pick somewhere that comes complete with screaming children, and if all goes to plan, you really won’t have to lift a finger once you get there. Thomson Holidays promotional codes offer discounts on your booking whether you’re planning on leaving this year or next, and with savings available on last minute holidays, it’s possible you could be on that plane in a matter of days. Just think about all the relaxation that’s within reach…


Day Trips for a Quick Fix

Country House HotelCan’t afford a holiday right now, or simply don’t have the time? If you’re feeling the stresses and strains of working life but can’t see a substantial break on the horizon, a simple day trip could work wonders. Even if it’s just driving to the coast for the day or exploring your local countryside or parks, turning off your phone and taking some time out for just a few hours could be all the break your body and mind needs. For something a bit more structured, or a bit more of a treat, you can find discounts on a large number of varied days out using Virgin Experience Days discount codes. Maybe you’d like to take afternoon tea in a country hotel, visit a stately home or enjoy a ride on a steam train. You can even do something a bit more adventurous like paintballing or ghost hunting, but we’re not too sure exactly how relaxing these particular options might be.


So whether it comes to pass that going on holiday can actually help us fight infection and disease remains to be seen, but taking a break can at least take the weight of the world off your shoulders for a short amount of time, and that might be all you really need for now.

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