What Constitutes A Good Staycation?

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Vacations are good for the soul and for your stress levels.  It's not always easy to get time off to take one, however, and the expense of taking a trip can often cause more stress than it relieves.  That's some of that's behind the popularity of the staycation, a vacation spent at your home, or in your hometown. If done right, a staycation can be just as relaxing as a traditional vacation (read about the benefits of vacations).

 I fact, in some ways, a staycation can be even more relaxing and restorative than a traditional vacation because it typically involves less planning and expense.

The danger of the staycation is that it can be difficult to truly separate yourself from your daily life and all the responsibilities that come with it if you don't separate yourself physically from your normal surroundings and routine.  In addition to the risk of not getting enough separation from your regular routine, you also can be in danger of getting bored rather than relaxed; a good staycation includes a mix of peaceful surroundings and fun.

Because of this, certain measures should be taken to maximize the benefits of a staycation such as turning off your phone and computer, at least most of the time. Otherwise, your staycation is little more than a stressful extension of your regular life, offering no change of scenery, escape or other features that make vacations so refreshing.

Here are some additional tips to make your staycation relaxing and memorable:

Just Relax

If you're feeling overwhelmed, give yourself permission to do very little. (Even watching re-runs of your favorite shows can have restorative benefits, so adding a few viewings in the beginning as you unwind can help you to have more energy to do more active and fun activities as well.)

Be a Tourist

If you need a change of scenery, try visiting a museum, seeing a play, or enjoying some of those touristy attractions that may bring others to your area. Just step out of your comfort zone and try something you wouldn't normally do. Engaging in new activities can help you to feel you've had the break you need from your regular routine.

Immerse Yourself In A New Hobby

If you feel bored with your life, take the opportunity to try something new that engages your talents. Take a course in art or photography. Try a dance class, or visit a pottery studio. Take up a new craft, and create a space in your home for supplies or practice. If you work in activities such as these, you can continue to practice them after your staycation is over, and have a new way to relieve stress on a regular basis. (Read more about the benefits of these activities.)

See Some Nature

If you're feeling your life is just one giant rush from one activity to the next, getting out into nature may be the best thing you can do for yourself.

Plan a hike, picnic, or bike ride--particularly in a new area you haven't visited before. (If you choose something unfamiliar but relatively close, you can make it a point to visit this place regularly.)

Enjoy Beauty

If you wish to be in a more beautiful place than you are, you may want to visit areas of beauty around your home. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you may want to take some time to organize and beautify your own home! This may not sound like a way to relax, but the lasting benefits that come with a clean, organized, and nicely decorated home are manifold. And the act of cleaning can be enjoyable as well if you know how to make it so. (See these tips for using cleaning as a stress reliever.)  But only try this if it sounds good to you, of course.


Sometimes just getting away from social media, news, email, and your phone can relax you more than anything else.  Unplugging one or all of these things can help you to enjoy the present moment and feel like you've been transported to a more relaxed place.  Give it a try!

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