Health Watch - Vacation: Unplugging

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about taking a vacation that can be good for your health. Previously, we discussed how a change of routine can help recharge you creatively. But while you’re recharging, you also need to unplug.

These days, it’s hard to really get away from the office. With a cell phone, you can always be reached, and today’s smart phones mean you’re never away from your e-mail.

Dr. Munro Cullum, a neuropsychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that to get all the mental and emotional benefits of a vacation, you need to get completely away from the office. If you’re always on call, your mind stays on edge and never gets out of work mode. Your mind never actually gets a break because it never gets to really be in the moment and focus on the experiences of the vacation. It may take a few days to get fully into the vacation experience and get used to relaxing.

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July 2010


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