Just because funds are a little tight these days doesn’t mean you can’t have the kind of vacation thousands of dollars typically promises. You can arrange to relax and re-energize your internal reserves so you’re at your best at work and at home. A “staycation” is a vacation you take at home.
You can have a thoroughly rejuvenating experience by pampering your over-worked, over-stressed self without a passport or traveling miles and miles. You deserve time to focus solely on you, taking care of yourself so that you have the energy and peace of mind to take care of the people you love. When you give yourself permission to completely relax, you are better equipped to tend to your job as well as social and family 南丫島度假屋 obligations.
It’s important to give your mind, emotions and body the time you need to rejuvenate. So, when your bank account doesn’t allow for the opportunity to travel away from home, you can still get away from the routine by taking time at home to do the things that recharge your batteries.
Here are steps that help you bring feelings of serenity to your time off at home:
Step 1: Give yourself permission to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. Too often we hold the preconceived notion of have-to-do’s when in reality, you have control in your personal time over what you do and don’t do. View your time off as a respite from the routine – a break that you truly deserve.
Step 2: Ignore any mess at home. Those chores wouldn’t get done the week you went away, so it can wait until later after you’ve returned from your stay-at-home vacation. Relaxation and fun are your goals during your time off, not catching up on spring cleaning, sorting through stored summer clothing or weeding the yard.
Step 3: Send the kids to Grandma’s or your sister’s for the week. Your stay-at-home vacation should not be about finding things for your children to do. That’s real life, not a relaxation get away. If it is absolutely impossible to have your children out of the house while you’re on staycation, set ground rules that you’ll only be available between certain hours. Keep those hours limited to 2 or 3 during the day then stick with your ground rules. It will teach your children self-reliance and show them that sacred time is honored in your home.
Step 4: Buy paper plates, bowls, cups and plastic utensils to avoid dealing with dishes after meals. Load the dishwasher, but don’t run it for a couple of days. Or, if you can’t arrange to be alone at home, assign kitchen clean up to someone in your house who isn’t on staycation.
Step 5: Set the right mood and ambiance for your stay-at-home vacation. Play music that reminds you of your favorite location. Decorate your bedroom, kitchen or bathroom with souvenirs and memorabilia from far-away places. Buy tropical flowers or scented candles that will invoke the environment you’re seeking.
Step 6: Order in at least one meal that’s exotic, international, gourmet or reminiscent of a night in Mumbai, Paris, the Caribbean or any place you’ve always wanted to visit. Don’t forget the appropriate beverage. Spiced Chai tea, a bottle of Chateau Briand or mulled cider will go a long way to giving you the feeling of being on vacation.
Step 7: Only commit to doing activities that you find relaxing, fun and pleasurable during your staycation. Don’t check your email; pretend you’re in Bora Bora where satellite service is sketchy. Turn the ringer off on your cell phone. If you were in Machu Pichu, you wouldn’t get a signal anyway. Tell friends that you’re out of reach for several days; they’ll envy you, but respect your need for down-time.
The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a stress-free, relaxing vacation. Just plan ahead and prepare for your retreat at home then enjoy your time off from work and the routine. Real life will find you soon enough, so give yourself this gift: relax and indulge. You’ll feel re-energized in no time at all and ready to give 100% of yourself again.