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Ask five people what their idea of an awesome holiday is and you might get five different answers. Everyone understands the main point, which is to recharge and recover from the stresses of everyday life, but what you focus on when you take a holiday could impact its overall restorative effect.

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End-of-year holidays are a great opportunity to reset your professional batteries. Unfortunately, the break never seems to last long enough, leading to an ultra-reluctant return to work. Instead of keenly tackling new projects, you're left feeling flat and fatigued - which is obviously a bad way to start off the new year. This infographic explains how to overcome your post-holiday blues and get back into a productive mindset.

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but when it's so much easier to duck confrontation and send an email or a text begging for help or a much-needed favour, you're far better doing it in person, face-to-face, says researchers from Cornell and the University of Waterloo. That awkwardness actually improves your chances.