The art of taking time off work—guilt-free

Does the thought of grabbing a few days—or a couple of weeks—for R&R stress you out? Here are ways to make sure taking your much-needed vacation doesn’t ruin your work life.

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Time away from the office is a wonderful thing. New sights, old friends and rejuvenation await.

Unfortunately, the shadow cast over any vacation is the dreaded heap of work and begrudging, overworked co-workers awaiting your return. Those are two big reasons why 55 percent of Americans don’t use their paid time off.

Vacations aren’t just about travel and catching up with friends and family or pet projects. They are genuinely necessary for resting the body and mind. You can’t work if work’s dragging you down in energy and brainpower.

If you’ve been nervous about going on that much-needed vacation, take heart. Here are four ways to do it while avoiding unnecessary stress once you’re back at your desk:

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