Everyone loves a day off (or two). Unfortunately, few of us actually take advantage of them. In fact, studies show most people only send 40% less email on holiday Mondays compared with regular ones.

Despite this, the benefits of taking time off can’t be underestimated. People who create a proper work-life balance experience less work-related fatigue, lower rates of procrastination, and even better mental and physical health.

As British Psychologist Sandi Mann explains, idle time away from work “literally makes us more creative, better at problem-solving, and better at coming up with creative ideas.”

We’ve written in the past about how to leave work at work and disconnect at the end of the workday. But what about what to do on a day off? Are there specific activities that will help recharge your energy, focus, and motivation?

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