Ready to relax and rewind this summer? Follow these tips to make the most of your well-earned time off from work.

You may have planned a long-awaited summer vacation, but will you really enjoy it? According to a 2010 survey by Expedia, only 45 percent of Americans say they feel rested after they return from vacation. Take advantage of this advice from to truly enjoy yourself during vacation and come back to work refreshed.

    Actually take a break. After weeks and months of a hectic work schedule, it might be hard to stay idle. But to truly recover during a vacation, you need to break free of this mindset.

    Kick your email addiction. Constantly checking your email is a surefire way to ruin your vacation. One way to keep emails at a minimum during your time off? Be firm with your boss and colleagues that you’ll be offline, and not working remotely.

    Keep a healthy sleep schedule. Many people tend to stay up later and sleep in while they’re on vacation. Sticking to the same or similar workweek sleep schedule can help alleviate this “social jet lag.”

    Make a career check-up. While you don’t want to dwell on your job’s tasks, a vacation is a good time to think about the big picture and reflect on your career goals.

As notes, wherever you go or whatever you do on vacation, it’s okay to do nothing – it’s the surest way to recharge. Find more insight on how to make the most of your summer vacation.