How To: Have a Self-Care Staycation
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.
Sometimes a staycation can be just what’s needed – break away from the regular weekend habits for when you want to go inward, focus on yourself, or maybe when you just can't and really need a break from the constant grind of everyday life. Make the most of your staycation, switch off your phone and commit to a day of self-nurture.
Turn off your phone
First things first: Turn off your phone, or put it on airplane mode if you just can't bear to shut it off. A digital detox, even if it's just for a day — even a couple hours — is the ultimate way to get present, stat.
Set your intention
Next, set your intention for this self-care "retreat" with a morning meditation practice — the best way to get your day, and staycation, off on the right start.
Try A Guided Meditation
When was the last time you slept in? Make the most of your stay and max out on the decadent hotel beds. If you’ve carved out time for self-care, sleep is a crucial part of that. Wake up on your own time. That’s what a real staycation is all about.
Read a book
Are you always talking about how you never have enough time in your busy schedule to read anymore? Spoiler alert: Now is your time to make time. Curl up in bed and loose you
Try something new
Whether it's that cafe, bookstore or neighborhood restaurant you've been wanting to try, or a new hobby you've been meaning to make time for, there's no time like the present to try something new.
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.
Sometimes a staycation can be just what’s needed – break away from the regular weekend habits for when you want to go inward, focus on yourself, or maybe when you just can't and really need a break from the constant grind of everyday life. Make the most of your staycation, switch off and commit to a day of self-nurture.