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How To Avoid Another Stressed-Out Vacation

Jun 16, 2010

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Vacations can be a lot of work.  Not the planning, or the logistics or figuring out how to pay for it.  I mean the laying on the beach part.  For many people — and you know who you are — down-time in a tropical paradise is a perfect time to catch up on work email.

Melinda Beck explains in the Wall Street Journal that "you've got plenty of company."

For some people, the withdrawal of stress can be similar to withdrawing from steroids-including changes in glucose metabolism and dramatic mood swings, says Conor Liston, a psychiatry resident at Weill Medical College in New York City who was the lead investigator of a brain study on stress.

Other people seem to get so addicted to the adrenaline rush from stress that they gravitate to high-pressure jobs and keep piling on new challenges; some subconsciously push deadlines and complicate projects, creating stress unnecessarily.

Put someone like that on a beach for a week, and it's no wonder they can't relax. For them, the best vacations involve physical or mental stimulation, anything from hang-gliding to culinary classes.

Whether you're a beach bum on vacation or a workaholic with a beer coozy, Beck offers up some suggestions on how to balance the Blackberry and the dacquri.  You can find the full article at the WSJ.



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