We always hear that less is more — but that couldn't possibly apply to vacation days. There's no such thing as relaxing too much, right?
Well, actually, the best time to come home, according to new research from the University of Tampere in Finland, is after eight days.
Researchers followed 54 vacationers for an average of 23 days, questioning them on their happiness, tension and fatigue levels, among other measures, as their getaways progressed, reports The Wall Street Journal.
"During holidays, health and well-being increase quite rapidly," Jessica de Bloom, a member of the research team, told WSJ — and that's often just two days in.
Her advice? Take time off more frequently but for shorter periods of time. "Holidays work more like sleep," she said. "You need regular recovery from work in order to stay healthy in the long run."
Not only has past research shown that taking vacations helps our mental and physical health, but it has also suggested that your boss would most likely appreciate it — as long as you give sufficient notice — since you'll probably be more productive upon your return.
So, if you haven't already, plan your last trip of the summer. Just don't stay too long.