It takes four days of vacation to actually feel relaxed

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It takes Americans four days of vacation before they stop thinking about work, according to new research.

A study examining the ways in which people switch off from work and embrace time off found it takes the typical employee a full four days to shake off the stresses of work.

That means Americans spend just 43 percent of a seven-day vacation, or three full days, feeling completely relaxed without nagging worries over work and responsibilities back home.

A study conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Apple Vacations explored the vacationing habits of 2,000 Americans and found 79 percent struggle to get away for a proper vacation and end up not using the entirety of their vacation allowance.

As many as 37 percent of Americans end up feeling guilty leaving unfinished work at the office — this was voted the leading reason to avoid taking vacation days.

Another 26 percent worry that taking vacation days will prevent them from getting a promotion.

This dedication to the workplace leaves 15 percent of Americans feeling guilty and stressed even when they do get the chance to plan a vacation for themselves.

And it turns out that it’s millennials who feel guiltier taking advantage of the vacation days allocated to them with 47 percent of millennials feeling this way compared to just 19 percent of those 55 and older.

“Fully disconnecting while on vacation has become more difficult with the prevalence of full-coverage Wi-Fi at many of our top-rated resorts. For some, checking in periodically to ensure things are running smoothly in their absence may actually aid in relaxation.

“However, there’s a fine line between staying connected and refusing to allow the carefree tranquility of an all-inclusive vacation put one at peace,” said Sandy Babin, Vice President of Marketing, Apple Vacations.

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