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Do you suffer from 'leisure sickness'?

By Brad Tuttle
updated February 21, 2017

Some people experience nausea and flu-like symptoms when they're away from the office and are supposed to be enjoying themselves on vacation. And that's, well, sick.

A vacation is often thought of as a cure for stress. But for workaholics, it's more stressful to be away from their normal workaday office stress. "The withdrawal of stress can be similar to withdrawing from steroids -- including changes in glucose metabolism and dramatic mood swings," according to a story in today's Wall Street Journal:

Other people seem to get so addicted to the adrenaline rush from stress that they gravitate to high-pressure jobs and keep piling on new challenges; some subconsciously push deadlines and complicate projects, creating stress unnecessarily.

Put someone like that on a beach for a week, and it's no wonder they can't relax.

Oh, the poor things: They can't relax at the beach.

That said, it does seem harder than ever to truly unplug and leave work behind. There's a solid argument to be made that checking e-mail and keeping up to speed with what's going on at work will in fact relieve stress -- because it'll make life easier when you get back to the office.

What do you think? Do you ever find being on vacation stressful? Do you keep up with work while you're away, and if so, how do you do it without ruining your vacation?

Detaching and enjoying yourself in the moment is sometimes easier said than done, so how do you do it?

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