Vacation Burnout: How To Avoid Vacation Stress

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(CBS Radio) — Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, fun, and carefree — but do you ever return from a trip feeling completely drained?

Often times, people get so excited about their upcoming vacation that they clutter their vacation itinerary with too many activities. It’s no surprise then, that far too many people return from their vacation feeling more overwhelmed than they were before their trip.

Think about it, your normal everyday routine is chaotic enough — you already have enough stress in your life. Things such as, work, life, your daily commute, bills, relationships, and/or family…who needs something that causes more stress?

Breathe! Since your non-vacation days are packed with things that must be done, why not plan a vacation that doesn’t have every second planned?

Here are some tips to help you avoid vacation burnout:

- Before you leave for your vacation, make a list of everything you will need while away. Also, making a list of a few attractions that you want to visit while on vacation is a good idea…adding 30 things to your itinerary is not a good idea. There’s something interesting that happens when people write things down. Many people feel a certain level of gratification when they check something off of a list. But, if you suddenly don’t have the energy to pick up a pen and check your latest adventure off of the vacation itinerary, chances are — your vacation isn’t very relaxing.

- No matter where you decide to travel, once you get there, unpack your suitcase. Trying to find what you need from your suitcase every time you need a toiletry or an outfit can be stressful!

- Find tranquility! If you’re planning a trip to the coast, make sure that you allot yourself time to sit on the beach and listen to the sound of the ocean. If you’re near the mountains, go for a hike and take in the fresh mountain air.

- Don’t stress about money when you’re on vacation. You’ve worked hard all year long so you could get away for a week or more, so don’t let your dinner tab keep you up at night. Also, instead of paying for things on vacation with your debit or credit card, bring vacation cash with you so you know just by counting, how much money you have left to spend.

- While on vacation, try to unplug from electronic devices and enjoy your surroundings instead. Your texts, tweets, emails, Linkedin messages/invitations, and Facebook updates will all be waiting for you when you decide to plug back in.

-QC Writer, CBS Radio

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