Monday is National Virtual Vacation Day
Digital travel day falls during coronavirus pandemic
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Monday, it turns out, is Virtual Vacation Day, a bit of irony given the massive number of Americans who are sheltering-in-place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It goes without saying people by the millions “Wanna get away.”
While a virtual vacation in no way compares to the real thing, health educator Dr. Eric Griggs said there are actually health benefits to looking at your favorite vacation pictures or videos.
“Now is the time that we want to distract ourselves from all the stress that is going on,” Griggs said.
"Nature, in our flight or fly response when we’re afraid, cortisol raises our blood sugar and makes us make decisions.
In the short term, Griggs points out there are health benefits to higher cortisol levels. However, “over the long term it can put us in a state of long term inflammation and chronic inflammation can suppress our immune response and make us more susceptible to the virus that we’re trying to protect ourselves from.”
In that spirit, here are some photos of some of great American vacation spots, from the Alaskan Mountain Range to the Rockies, to just maybe help you daydream or plan that next getaway.
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