A vacation provides a break from the normal stresses of life. And studies show that vacationing improves well-being, mood, boosts job performance and sparks creativity.

Some research shows that treating a regular weekend like a mini-vacation can provide many of the benefits of a vacation.

Adopting a vacation mind-set on the weekend helped participants in a study at UCLA return to work feeling happier and more refreshed, without spending additional money or time off, compared to a control group.

Develop a weekend vacation mindset by: ditching the normal weekend routine- think about and prioritize activities differently; relishing the moments, savoring the sights, smells and sounds; enjoying both invigorating activities and relaxation time you can’t get during the week; and being mindful of the here and now.

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