Health Watch -- Memorial Day Weekend: Vacations

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Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the summer vacation season, a time for swimming, cookouts, and fun. This week on Health Watch, we'll offer some tips to help keep your summer safe and healthy. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say that scheduling a vacation is a good start.

Vacations aren't just for fun. They're essential to good mental health. Dr. Ann Matt Maddrey, a psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says you need time off every so often to recharge, to empty your brain of its day-to-day cares so you have room to refill it. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get the beneficial effects of a vacation. Just taking some time off at home to change your routine and explore new things will leave you feeling rested and ready for new challenges.

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May 2006

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