I am currently on vacation visting my husband who lives a couple thousand miles away from where I go to school (literally). I haven’t taken a real vacation in well over a year (moving your husband 2000 mi away, going to weddings, and visiting your family do not count). I had been putting it off because of course, I was going to graduate in only a couple of months so therefore I could just wait. A couple of months stretched into a year and so I decided I should just go ahead and take a vacation.
I left last Friday and will return this Saturday and I am having a great time, except that in my spare moments, I feel like I should be doing some “work.” Maybe read a paper or something like that. Think about writing the intro to my thesis. I had decided that I would NOT do any work whatsoever while on vacation not even in the airport or on the plane, but this is turning out to be harder than I expected it to be.
The reason I decided not to do any work is because I have been suffering from severe burn-out. I wanted to get complete and total rest from work so that I would be refreshed when I got back. I wasn’t even sure a week would be enough time to do that but I really can’t afford to take more time off than that.
So, why do I want to do work stuff? I think I don’t actually want to do work, per se. I think I feel like I should be doing work because I have the time available. Therefore, I believe I am suffering from a mild form of vacation guilt.
Anyone know a cure for vacation guilt?