Pleasant Activity Training as recommended by Ross Gittins in his article sounds like a good idea. Reality however is somewhat different. We often don't take our accrued annual leave and the result is stress-related illness or physical problems. More problematic still is going on leave and staying connected to work by e-mail or other electronic umbilical cords. Never entirely disconnecting seems to be the norm these days. A real holiday is pulling the plug, rediscovering yourself and your friends.