Health Watch - Summer Vacation: Unwind

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We’re approaching the Independence Day holiday weekend, a time when many Americans head to the beach or the lake for a vacation. This week on Health Watch, we’ll offer some tips for enjoying a safe and healthy vacation. One big reason for taking a vacation is relaxing and unwinding. That’s getting harder to do.

Modern technology like cellphones, smartphones and wireless Internet access makes it too easy to stay in touch with the office, and that may make it harder for you to benefit from a vacation. Dr. Munro Cullum, a neuropsychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says staying on-call keeps you on edge, and that prevents your brain from being able to take a break and de-stress. Your brain needs some down time, and a vacation allows you to play and break with your usual routine. In the current economic climate, it can be difficult to relax and not worry about your job, but the holiday weekend offers the opportunity for a short break.

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June 2011

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