The pandemic dilemma: do I use my vacation days or wait? When I need a serious break I plan a restorative staycation.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d much rather be someplace entirely new, like lounging on a boat in the Mediterranean. Since that’s not possible right now and may not be for a while, I’ve decided to take breaks here and there. Going too long without one is super draining and takes a serious toll on my mental health. Those extended breaks help me restore, refresh and maintain my sanity between the nine to five grind.
How do you recreate those rejuvenating vacation vibes right at home? Here are a few tips to help you maximize and plan a restorative staycation. Luxury included.
Tips to Enjoy Your Staycation
- Give yourself a staycation budget to splurge on food, products, Egyptian cotton sheets, or whatever it is that brings you joy.
- Avoid getting into your normal rhythm of chores. Do any major cleaning and to-do items before your staycation. Better yet, hire someone to do the cleaning if you can.
- Ditch aimlessly scrolling through your phone. Use airplane mode to unplug if you must.
- Start the day by streaming a yoga class or a meditation to help rebalance the way a real vacation would.
- Plan something new to do every day. Whether it’s going to a new park for a stroll, driving to a local town to explore, having a picnic, trying a new restaurant, (dine-in or take to go), or grabbing a coffee and dessert at a local shop every afternoon. Try getting out at least once a day to do something different.
- Have a good book or a stack of reading material to dig-into.
- Limit TV, news, electronics aside from playing music or watching a movie.
- Wear your favorite comfy clothes: yoga pants, robe, slippers, etc.
- Take naps and sleep-in.
- End the day by pouring yourself a glass of vino (or mocktail), fill up a bubble bath, and indulge in some fancy skincare products. I’m talking masks, scrubs, and heavenly lotions. Hey, you’re on staycation!
- Rent a movie, make popcorn, and create a movie experience right at home.
- Leave a piece of chocolate on your pillow for your own turndown service.
Instead of burning yourself out until things return to “normal”, take a few days off and plan the ultimate restorative staycation.