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One of the greatest benefits of a vacation should be release from the pressures and stresses of daily life. Unfortunately, many people unwittingly forego this benefit by taking their holiday under circumstances that continue these pressures instead of relieving them, Because we are often unaware of the forms that stress can take, we don't know how to avoid it. Most people recognize the stressful nature of their jobs and of family or community responsibilities. But how many of us realize that our social relationships with friends and acquaintances, even though we normally enjoy the company of others, impose on us certain codes of behavior and responsibilities?
Another source of stress is time. In our daily lives we are subject to schedules, whether formal or informal. We are also bombarded by the sounds of traffic, machinery, conversation, and music. Yet many of us perpetuate these stresses when we go on vacation. We travel to resorts where we must obey social rules and where we must arrange our activities around a schedule imposed by others. We visit faraway cities where we are assaulted by the same kinds of noise that cause us stress at home. When we return, we are often secretly puzzled that we are not as rested as we hope to be. Analyzing the pressures of one's life before planning a vacation could result in a reduction of stress, and therefore a more relaxing holiday.
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