Is work or school stressing you out? Or perhaps you want to take a break from the usual routine before summer ends and go on a stress-busting vacation. Then maybe you should travel to release stress by going to Boracay. But before you find out why you should travel to Boracay, here’s how going on a vacation helps relieve stress.
There’s a relation between vacation time and stress levels and science has proved it. According to an article by the L.A. Times, research done by The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies shows 89 percent of respondents experienced significant drops in stress only a day or two after traveling.

It also showed the other health benefits of traveling. Interestingly, men who haven’t traveled annually have a 20 percent higher risk of death and a 30 percent higher chance of dying from heart disease. As for women, those who vacationed twice a year had a lesser chance of developing a heart attack than those who went on a break every six years or less. Moreover, Forbes says there are more psychological benefits of going on vacation such as helping you reinvent yourself, making you more resilient, as well as boosting overall happiness and satisfaction.

There are also benefits of vacation for students, mind you. It allows them to refresh their minds from months of studying and school work. It gives them a chance to relax and recharge for the lessons and tests ahead.
With this in mind, the Boracay experience can help you relieve stress and recharge with its many fun activities. Go through the exciting list below!

1. Swim your stress away at the beach

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Boracay has world-famous crystal blue waters and white sand beaches. So why not swim your stress away? According to Live Strong, sea water is good for your skin as the magnesium found in it helps hydrate and improve the appearance of your skin.

2. Break free through cliff diving

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Does vacation help cure anxiety? A 2014 Cornell study found that people who know that they are going on a vacation experience more happiness compared to somebody who is purchasing material products such as clothes and gadgets. As such, going on a vacation can help manage a person’s anxiety levels.
Another way to get over stress is to try cliff diving at Ariel’s Point in Boracay. Whether it’s a little over three feet or as high as it can be, jumping off a cliff into the sea can give you an adrenaline rush that boosts your endorphins, which gives you a positive feeling that counters your stress.

3. Enjoy the scenery by going island hopping

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If one of your purposes of going on a vacation is to take a break from a toxic environment, then you should try island hopping in Boracay. Each island presents a uniquely fresh experience that could recharge you when you go back to the hustle and bustle of city life.

4. Bust stress by riding an ATV

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Earlier, we’ve talked about how endorphins can give you a happy feeling. Another activity that can help you get that and bust stress is by riding an ATV across the main island. With prices from Php900 to Php1,250, it's the perfect way to de-stress and bond with your friends or family. Just make sure to bring a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen.

5. Push your physical and mental limits with free diving

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Do love challenging yourself? Get your mojo back and learn how to push your physical and mental limits with free diving. You’ll learn how to concentrate on your breathing, heartbeat, and other factors to help you stay calm and in control to stay as long as possible underwater. You can take this newfound focus back when you return to work or school, especially under stressful situations

6. Pamper yourself with a trip to the spa

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Stress can come from a lot of different sources and situations such as work, school, and bills. There’s even such a thing as vacation planning stress. Good thing there are plenty of massage parlors and spas in Boracay to help you de-stress, relax, and get some travel stress relief.

7. Go on a gastronomic food trip

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Do you love to eat when you’re stressed out? Apart from the crystal clear blue water and white sand beaches, Boracay is famous for its wide array of food. You can try local Filipino delicacies or even go international from the many restaurants lined up along the Boracay beach. There are restaurants and shops on the island for every budget. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look or maybe you can just drop by the L’Altura restaurant at Alta Vista de Boracay, which has the best dining experience Boracay has to offer.

8. Slow down and watch the amazing Boracay sunset

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Some people prefer to de-stress by slowing down and having their favorite coffee/tea while reading a book or watching the sunset. If you enjoy sunsets, you’ll be happy to know that Boracay offers one of the best sunsets in the world. Even more, you can get an amazing view of it at Alta Vista de Boracay’s Dinara view deck and have a 360-degree view of the sunset and the rest of Boracay.

9. Party the night away and go bar hopping

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Are you wondering why Boracay is the best tourist spot in the Philippines? Adding to what we’ve already included in this list, Boracay is known around the world for its beaming nightlife. There are plenty of bars near the beach packed with tourists out to de-stress and dance or drink their worries away. Just remember to drink responsibly.

10. Nothing like good old retail therapy

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For some, shopping allows them to enjoy the fruits of their hard work, especially when they travel. Boracay, like most tourist spots, has a lot of stalls and malls such as the famous D’Mall that offer locally-made products and some designer items. Shopping also gives tourists like you some time to explore the local culture.

Still need a reason to go on a vacation? Taking a quick break from the usual will help you relax, recuperate, and recharge from your usual stressful routine. And with these activities that you can do in Boracay, you shouldn’t have a hard time deciding whether to go or not.