People who do not take regular holidays could be risking their health, it has been reported.

People who do not take regular holidays could be risking their health, it has been reported.

John de Graaf, blogging for the Huffington Post, cited statistics form the Framingham Heart Study, which found that women who don’t take holidays on a regular basis could be eight times more likely to suffer from heart disease than women who fit in two holidays a year.

In addition, not taking a holiday could make a person up to twice as likely to suffer from depression.

Mr de Graaf said he asked a doctor friend how common the problem is and if he feels holidays are important.

“Patients come in bouncing off the walls with stress. I ask them when their last [holiday] was. I tell them that before they consider medication or therapy they should take two weeks off. They come back and tell me how much better they feel,” the source said.

Anyone looking for a relaxing travel destination could consider booking holidays to India.

Goa in particular is renowned for its beaches, temples and world heritage sites and was visited by 25.6 million tourists in 2006-07.

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