Everyday life can certainly become a burden at times. When all of the stresses from work and family issues begin to build up, it’s important to take some time out to unwind and get away. It is at those times when a good old-fashioned vacation can come in handy. But, sometimes that isn’t your best option. Maybe you don’t have the time or resources to plan and execute a trip, or maybe you just don’t want to experience the stresses and responsibility that come along with traveling. Sometimes, all you need is a little vacation in your home, or a stay-cation, if you will. Prepare for your stay-cation by stocking up on great foods, installing a relaxing water feature at home, and setting out a couple of no-work rules.
While at home, it is easy to get into the same food routines. We make our eating decisions based on convenience and habit. When you are on vacation, it is totally different. One of the best things to enjoy in a new place is all of the new and different food you might be exposed to. Be sure to keep that spark even in your hometown. Try to find a new restaurant nearby, or look up an exotic new recipe to try out. Make your familiar surroundings seem new and exciting by experiencing new flavors!
If you have a little time to plan for this stay-cation, a great thing you can do is to schedule your time off with a fresh new change in your surroundings. You won’t have to travel far to experience to steady and relaxing effects of flowing water. You can have fountains, spillways, or waterfalls installed right in your home. Choose the perfect water feature for your setting, and your home will be more like a resort when you’re done. You can spend hours of your stay-cation relaxing next to a waterfall or reading next to a soothing fountain. There will be no need to endure the road trip or plane rides.
Absolutely No Work
Executing the perfect stay-cation can be a tricky endeavor. One of the easiest mistakes to make is to fall back into your hard-working habits. During your time off it is important to remember that it is just that: time off. If you need to, create a few ground rules to keep your behavior in order. Sign out of your email accounts, put time limits phone and computer use, and turn off the cell phones for most of the day. Remember to seek out new or relaxing experiences and remember that the work can wait.
Take some time off, and make sure you make the most of it. You don’t have to travel far to have a good time. Sometimes, the best way you can enjoy your time off is by staying at home. With the right foods, the right atmosphere, and the lack of work, you’ll be stay-cationing in no time! You’ll never want to go home again, until you realize you never left.