Downing feels the break can refresh Villa's international players.
He said: "It does help to have a break from the relegation worries.
"You are part of a different environment with a different kind of pressure. If you do well, it can help bring confidence for when you go back to the club.
"We can regroup at Villa and get some players back from injury and suspension so it (the break) has probably come at a good time.
"Then we can get focused and go again because we missed some of those players not involved against Wolves."