Back to work blues af­fect our hap­pi­ness

Mansfield Courier - - 22 -

next hol­i­day is the best thing you can do.

Book­ing a trip in ad­vance not only al­lows plenty of time for plan­ning, but also pro­vides you with some­thing to look for­ward to and can help in­crease mo­ti­va­tion and get you out of that post-Christ­mas slump.

We say choose camp­ing. Why?

● Car­a­van In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia’s Real Rich­ness re­port high­lights that a camp­ing hol­i­day FDQ KDYH UHDO SRVLWLYH EHQH¿WV WR stress lev­els, with 95 per cent of campers stat­ing that camp­ing re­duces their stress lev­els.

● Re­search has also re­vealed those who reg­u­larly un­der­take car­a­van and camp­ing trips are nearly WZLFH DV KDSS\ DQG VDWLV¿HG ZLWK OLIH ZKLOH EHLQJ ¿YH WLPHV OHVV lonely than non-campers.

● The re­port also found 94 per cent of campers be­lieve that camp­ing makes you ap­pre­ci­ate na­ture more.

● The lat­est data from Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia sup­ports this and high­lights that peo­ple tak­ing a camp­ing hol­i­day are in­creas­ingly look­ing to in­ter­act with Aus­tralia’s world class na­ture.

Go­ing to the beach, bush­walk­ing, vis­it­ing na­tional and state SDUNV DQG ¿VKLQJ UDQN LQVLGH WKH WRS ¿YH PRVW SRSXODU DFWLYLWLHV for Aus­tralians to un­der­take while camp­ing.

For those work­ing full time, it FDQ RIWHQ EH GLI¿FXOW WR PDNH WLPH to get away, with hol­i­days and long week­ends of­ten be­ing few and far be­tween.

How­ever, with just a bit of plan­ning there are a few times through­out the year where you can utilise your an­nual leave in or­der to take more time off than you thought pos­si­ble.

The Easter long week­end is ap­proach­ing fast and will, this year, fall from April 19 to 22.

With Anzac Day on April 25 as usual, you can take just three days of hol­i­days (April 23, 24 and 26) and score 10 days off - more than enough time for a car­a­van or camp­ing trip.

If you’re look­ing to take a longer trip you could also take leave from April 15 to 19, re­sult­ing in a to­tal of 16 days off (in­clud­ing week­ends) for just seven days of leave.

If you’re feel­ing the pres­sure in 2019 and are ea­ger to make the most of hol­i­day op­por­tu­ni­ties, what are you wait­ing for?

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