Beach House Diaries: 10 Tips for Transitioning from Work to Vacation Mode

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Although everyone knows what "relaxation" means, actually attaining this at a vacation home can be hard to do. Following these tips will help you segue from stressed out employee to zenned out beach dweller.
  • Try not to leave loose ends hanging at work or home. You might find yourself mentally tying them up the whole time you're away.
  • Starting out frazzled doesn't help, so don't put off packing until the last moment. If you've stockpiled vacation days, take one to prep.
  • Once you arrive, distance yourself from professional and social responsibilities by unplugging from technology as much as possible.
  • Ease yourself into a holiday mindset by doing some "busy work." It acts like cool down exercises after a strenuous work out.
  • Keeping your hands moving with simple tasks is a great stress buster, which is why Grandma looks so calm when she's knitting.
  • If you want something outdoorsy to prevent your mind from wandering back to work, try collecting seashells on your beach walk.
  • If you have kids in tow, assemble a kite and fly it, learn to play croquet, or get engrossed in some serious sandcastle building.
  • If you own your beach house, consider planting a garden: but keep the scale manageable, otherwise you'll become a slave to it.
  • Military types know that even routine chores that you can do on autopilot are enough to distract you from larger real-life concerns.
  • Be patient -- and persistent. Just as athletes push through the pain, A-types may have to push through boredom to find bliss.
Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb will report on life at a summer beach house in AOL Travel's weekly Beach House Diaries. Follow along with her or share your beach house tips in the comments below.
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