Summertime usually means vacation for most people; traveling to a certain destination. But there are times when vacation might not be an option, due to finances, scheduling and other reasons. This is where a “staycation” comes in. A staycation is when one still takes time off, but doesn’t leave the area, hence the “stay” part. While a staycation doesn’t have the same destination as a vacation does, it still gives you the opportunity to take a break and focus on yourself. Here are some ways to focus on self-care during a staycation.
Unplug. Vacation means taking a break from everyday life, including work and electronics. Your staycation doesn’t have to be any different. Turn off your phone, put away your laptop and other electronics. (If you need to have your phone on, put it on silent or “Do Not Disturb” mode.) A break from social media and electronics has been linked to better sleep, less stress and more awareness of your surroundings. Plus, you’ll be less tempted to check that work email.
Clean. A staycation provides the time needed to organize the clutter that you might’ve been too busy to do. This doesn’t necessarily mean the usual weekend routine, but rather tackling the bigger part you’ve been meaning to do, such as going through your closet. Less clutter can lead to better state of mind and a healthier lifestyle. Tidying up doesn’t have to be limited to your clothes. Try going through your paper or electronic files.
If possible, stay elsewhere. A staycation doesn’t mean having to stay in your place the entire time. Depending on where you live, look into staying at a hotel, a bed and breakfast or even with friends or family that live in the area. Being away from your place can make it seem more like an actual break and help you focus on self-care without the distraction of your usual surroundings.
Play board games. Long before the age of electronics, people socialized with each other through board and card games. Even in this age, board games have remained one of the most popular social activities. Playing these types of games encourages face-to-face contact with other people and helps you bond with friends and family.
Try something new. It may sound like a cliché, but trying a new activity has several positive health effects, including getting to know yourself better and meeting new people. A staycation gives you the opportunity to do this without having to worry about missing work, school or other usual commitments. Suggestions include taking an art class, photography class, cooking class or other fun activity.
Visit local attractions. Relating to trying something new, part of having a staycation is the opportunity to explore new places in your area. Look into taking tours of museums, nature trails and other venues. Another suggestion is checking out independently-owned local shops. Not only will you be supporting small business, you can meet new people and learn more about the area that you live in.
Treat Yourself. Part of vacation is splurging on certain activities that might be a little more expensive. Rewarding yourself helps boost productivity and overall mental health. Have dinner at a fancy restaurant, go see a show, or do other excursions you don’t normally do.
Take your time. In today’s fast-paced world, it seems like everything has to get done right away, as soon as possible. But part of staycation is relaxing and not worrying about the how long it takes to do something. There are 24 hours in a day after all.