Two separate studies have revealed the true value of holidays to the British public.

Two separate studies have revealed the true value of holidays to the British public.

Far from simply being a chance to get a suntan, an annual break offers significant mental health benefits, psychologist Mo Shapiro, speaking on behalf of Keycamp, claimed.

“I think having something like a holiday to focus on is really positive,” she commented, adding that breaking up the working year could reduce feelings of being overwhelmed, as well as putting concerns about the credit crunch into perspective.

Meanwhile, a Holiday Value Report published by the Association of British Travel Agents has found that 66 per cent of people get an emotional high from a holiday, while 50 per cent think they are essential given the current economic climate.

In addition, a holiday was ranked at three times as important as a pay rise by respondents to the organisation’s research.

Psychotherapist and life coach Christine Webber said: “Having something to look forward to like a holiday often helps us focus more on current tasks.”

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