You are still (virtually) tethered to your desk and devices
Vacation doesn’t mean you trade your desk for a lounge chair and working remotely from the beach. Completely disconnecting on vacation can really make for a stress-free, rejuvenating trip. But for some people, detaching from work even in the slightest can cause more stress. As such, Newman recommends setting parameters on how much time you’re going to engage with your devices and reconnect with your work environment. If you absolutely have to, Newman said, “Check in once a day. Say ‘Okay, I’m taking 15 minutes to check in.’” After this, step away from your electronics by either putting them on silent or leaving them in the hotel room.
You jump from work to vacation and vacation to work
“A hidden secret to happiness in vacations is making sure to savor ahead of time and after the vacation,” Gielan said. This can be done in different ways. You can take a day off before departing and one after returning for “decompression time,” Gielan said. Or you can simply practice being on vacation mode before and after your trip. In doing so, you’ll be able to continue that feeling of pre-travel anticipation and lower stress by gradually progressing to and from your hectic work and overall life.