By Nicola Cowell

BIDDING farewell to workmates and jetting off on holiday is a great feeling, but is the stress we face when we return really worth it?

According to new research, the health benefits we get from relaxing and spending time with family wear off within two days of getting back to normality.

Factors like health, mood and energy levels will improve while on holiday but as soon as we return the benefits are lost in a sea of worry.

A series of stress-management tests taken on people returning from holiday in Holland found that people quickly become anxious about going back to work.

They can even feel more stressed than before they left.

Many are also left depressed about the length of time until their next break.

However, studies also show that people who decide against taking a summer break are more likely to die younger than those who take time out.

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