As a retired Psychologist I naturally have an interest in mental health issues. Because I now run Christian House Sitters my interest is aroused when I see research that links mental stress and vacations.
I recently read a study carried out by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), that involved 1,500 women recruited from the Marshfield Epidemiological Study Area in central Wisconsin. Researchers compared psychological stress, quality of marital life and disruptive home life among women who take vacations frequently and those who do not.
(The NIOSH is the US federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. It is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services )
In the study which NIOSH funded and which was carried out by researchers at the Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin and published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal it was clearly shown that women who take vacations frequently are less likely to become tense, depressed or tired and are more satisfied with their marriages.
In fact it found that the odds of depression and tension were higher among women who took vacations only once in two years compared with women who took vacations twice or more per year. In addition, the odds of marital satisfaction decreased as the frequency of vacations decreased.
So once again it is clearly demonstrated that in order to function effectively we need a regular break. A vacation.
Great but I can hear people saying that they can’t afford to take a vacation. The cost would only increase their stress levels.
Christian House Sitters can help you achieve this without adding to your stress.
Christian House Sitters is a worldwide internet based ministry. Christians who want to take a vacation and need someone to look after their home and or pets can register as home owners.
Christians who need a break can register as house sitters.
We will put the two halves together.
This way we hope many Christians who could not afford a vacation will be enabled to take a break and see other countries.
The is NOT a business it is a Ministry and all income goes to support a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya.
God bless you,