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Vacations are routinely touted but there is one practice that can be highly beneficial if it is used both properly and sparingly. That practice is doing nothing.
I don't mean that you should stare at a wall - unless it is a particularly interesting wall - but that a brief walk or a 30 to 60 minute get-away at a coffee shop, library, park or bookstore can work wonders. Don't take work along. Shift your mind into another perspective. Play Sherlock Holmes and see how much you can observe in a simple setting.[How many people were in the coffee shop? Who was seated near the door? What newspapers were being read? Were there any beards or mustaches?]
Push your mind out of a rut.
And don't forget to notice their shoes.