This Is Your Brain On Vacation. Any Questions?

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We all remember that classic '80s PSA about how drugs can mess with our minds. Well, that hard-earned vacation may be serving as a different type of mental frying pan — with positive and negative outcomes. Luckily, our friends over at Shape are breaking down the highs and lows of that weekend away — and how it's affecting your mental well-being.

For example, did you know research found that just daydreaming about your upcoming travels can make you feel happier and more content? That is, until the day-before crunch sets in and you're trying to get everything done at work. While we can't think of a good reason not to hightail it out of town for a few days, it's important to understand how everything from packing to setting your out-of-office message affects your mind and mood.

Click through for the scoop on how to make the most of your vacation so you can truly relax. After all, we figure there's a 50 percent chance your suitcase is already packed as you're reading this. (Shape)