You don’t know how to relax
Not one of those people who can sit on a beach sipping cocktails for days? Explore more active ways to get out of your head, Gielan says. “There are some vacations where you need to do something athletic and challenging to find flow in that moment. It really helps you feel rejuvenated when you come back.” So take that hike, take that paddle boarding lesson, or spend all day at the art museum—if you lose your sense of time, that’s a good sign you’re relaxing!
You ditch your usual habits
Even if you are one of those happy beach-dwellers, that doesn’t mean you should ditch your normal routine. If you’re a habitual exerciser, keep up with your physical activity on vacation. This, however, doesn’t mean you still need to go to the gym by the crack of dawn every morning. But you should find ways to stay active like walking along the surf or playing golf. Says Frommer, “one of the wonderful ways to explore a new destination is to jog.” Here are tricks to actually lose weight while on vacation.
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.