Vacation: Distress, or De-Stress?
Vacations are supposed to be a break from the stress of everyday life. But sometimes vacations add more stress, which eliminates the benefits of your time away and leaves you feeling like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation.
This isn’t just about the post-vacation blues. We all struggle to get back in the groove when we return home. If there is a cure-all for that, please tell me! This is a different kind of issue, when you return home from vacation even more stressed out than when you left.
Harvard Business Review got to the root of this problem:
Poorly planned and stressful vacations eliminate the positive benefit of time away. The less the stress, the more likely you will experience a positive benefit from the time off. A positive, well-managed vacation can make you happier and less stressed, and you can return with more energy at work and with more meaning in your life.