Health Watch — At-Home Vacation: Taking the Time

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how you can get all the benefits of a vacation, even if high gas prices and plane fares keep you from traveling. Sometimes the most challenging part of taking a vacation isn’t affording the travel. It’s taking the time away from work.

Dr. Munro Cullum, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says even a short break can refresh you, but to get the full benefit, you need to take enough time to de-stress. It may take a few days to just get used to the idea of being on vacation before you can really relax. If you can, it’s best to avoid being on-call for work while you’re on vacation, even if you don’t leave home. If you’re expected to take calls or check e-mails while on vacation, you’ll stay on-edge and won’t be able to escape mentally. Tell your boss you’ll perform better after the vacation if you get a real break.

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June 2008

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