Washington: A new study suggests that a long vacation may not be the best bet to mentally rejuvenate and de-stress.

"Vacations combine elements like travel, sleep disruption and food changes that can itself be stressful," Christopher Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychology said.

Robinson, who said research has shown that people who were about to go on vacation were happier. Evidence that anticipation of a break is a mental perk, offered tip to maximize the short-term increase of happiness vacations provide. He advises to take shorter trips throughout the year instead of only one long vacation.

"I find that regularly taking time to sit around a fire pit with friends helps me de-stress far better than involved vacations with tons of planning," Robinson said.

"While what's relaxing varies from person to person, any time off that offers an escape from the everyday can help," he added.


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