Pretty much everything on this planet requires work, and I'm firm in the belief that relaxation takes work as well. Today was the first day getting back into the swing of things and it felt good. (365 will be caught up soon as well) My routine kind of derailed about a month ago with finals, graduation, marriage, and fun trip to Hawaii. All of these things are great, but by the end, I was looking forward to life getting normal again.
We are conditioned throughout our childhoods to be productive beings at any cost, no matter the bad effects on health or relationships that productivity may bring. It's near impossible to get out of this mindset; and while productivity (I'm referring to productivity in a cultural sense; making money, being efficient, climbing corporate ladders) is a good thing, it should not be the only thing we live for. However, because we are so trained to think in a to-do list sort of way, it's hard to move to a mindset where quantified tasks don't have to be accomplished.
In this way, vacation takes work for me. I have to force my self to stop thinking about what I have to do when I get home and force myself to rest. Now, I can only hold those thoughts off so long until I get antsy again, because resting takes skill.