Why Vacations Can Cause More Stress Than They Alleviate
Have you ever thought you need a vacation after your vacation? Studies show the stress of a trip can leave you worse off than if you didn't take one in the first place. Because we have so little paid time off in America we try hard to make our vacations count, but we need to do that without sacrificing our well-being.
Productivity and ideas blog the 99u suggests scaling back and adding flexibility:
[A] study from Radboud University found that effective vacations give you the choice and freedom to choose what you want to do. That means two things: Try to avoid structuring your vacation around an unbreakable schedule, and plan on going somewhere that has multiple options to pick from depending on the weather, your level of energy, or your budget.
The same study also suggests taking breaks every 3-6 months. If you can't take an week-long vacation about three times a year, take shorter breaks. Forcing your time off into one big chunk puts a lot of pressure on that period and leads to a lot of stress-inducing mistakes. For more great tips on crafting a vacation that'll actually help you unwind, check out the full post over at the 99u.
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