4 key ways to truly unwind while on vacation

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Four Key Ways to Unwind While on Vacation
Summer is supposed to be fun and relaxing, right? Well the truth is, not enough of us are making the most out of our vacation time. Sure, we have jobs and families and often it seems like the time is slipping away -- but why shouldn't we enjoy the few months we can have fun in the sun?

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Not only do too many of us feel burned out whether we're on vacation or not, but a good chunk of us also work WHILE on vacation as well. Yikes! That's definitely no way to unwind. It's no secret that the "work-life balance" is hard to find, and perhaps it's because there isn't one! Psychologist Michael Woodward, argues another way to describe living a successful and happy life.



After all, if you have a device, there's going to be some expectation that you can be reached, and if you're not answering something MUST be wrong. If you're one of those people who have a hard time disconnecting, not to worry -- we're here to help.

Here are 4 great tips on how to actually unwind while on vacation.

1) Find destinations and activities that are invigorating, not depleting

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Seek to invigorate! Plan a trip you know you'll enjoy.

2) Announce it to everyone who needs to know that you're going to be gone

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Don't just slide out and have everyone looking for you! Spread the word.

3) Take some time to quiet your mind

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Get rid of the jitters and get off the grid.

4) Debrief when you get back

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Talk up the positive memories!

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It's easy to come up with reasons NOT to take your summer vacation, but click through to learn the 5 reasons why you should!

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1. It's good for your health.

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A study in 2000 showed that men aged 35-57 who took regular vacations were at a much lower risk for coronary heart disease than those who didn't.

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2. You'll have more energy when you get back.

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Research from the University of Pittsburgh and Radboud University showed that upon returning from a vacation, people had more energy in their everyday lives.

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3. It's good for your relationship.

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A Wisconsin Medical Journal study found that women who took vacations were happier in their marriages and less likely to be depressed.

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4. It's great for your career.

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According to The Huffington Post, "well-rested brains are often more creative and insightful at the workplace."

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5. You'll be happier overall.

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National Geographic says that the more time you spend relaxing and doing things you love, the happier you will be in life in general.

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