Let Go Longer! Extend the benefits of your much-anticipated vacation

Planning stress and thoughts about returning to work can potentially shorten the duration of your vacation health boost. Here are some strategies to help you “let go” for longer, so you can extend the benefits of your time away from the everyday.

Want to make the most of your vacation? Whether your ideal getaway takes you deep into the wilderness so you can commune with nature, to the calm oasis of a healing retreat, or to a luxury resort that will cater to your every hedonistic whim, most of us have the goal of “leaving it all behind” while we’re away.

Along with recovering from work stresses, time away allows us to detox from noise pollution and other assaults on our senses, busy schedules that can lead to suboptimal food choices, challenging relationships, and, of course, less than healthy habits.

And while you may not need a scientific study to tell you that taking a break is good for your health, researchers have determined that longer vacations are better for your well-being than short ones. However, planning stress and thoughts about returning to work can potentially shorten the duration of your vacation health boost.

Here are some strategies to help you make the most of your vacation and “let go” longer, so you can extend the benefits of your time away from the everyday.

Stress less

We get into the habit of worrying—about money, health, relationships, and work commitments—to the point that we can fret away an entire vacation. Instead, make a list of everything you might worry about while away, and be sure to proactively address each item before you leave home.

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