8 Staycation Ideas For A Healthier Mind And Body. I am a huge fan of staycations. Work takes its toll on you. You’re stressed, tired and in need of a break. And who can blame you? There’s research that shows that not taking regular time off from work can seriously affect your mental and physical health. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans don’t take vacations because they can’t afford them. But that’s not a reason to let those vacation days go to waste. Staycations are becoming more and more popular because of their affordability. The holiday seasons may be coming up, but that often brings about a whole new reason to be stressed over due to the hassle of planning. So here are some great ways for you to de-stress without worrying about the cost.
Try A New Workout
Working out is a great way to get out some of that pent-up stress while helping your body in the process. Use some of your free time to try something new, like one of the projected fitness trends for 2016, to help you feel happier and healthier.
Take A Day Trip
Chances are, there are a ton of places within an hour or so away from you that would be interesting to explore. Check out some local museums, the nearest state park or look for unique attractions in your area.
Go get yourself a nice long massage, facial or manicure. If you don’t want to pay the spa prices, try a home spa day for a cheaper option. Turn on some relaxing music and let yourself enjoy it.
Read A Good Book
It seems harder and harder to find time to read these days. Take a day and finally read that book that you’ve had on the nightstand for months. Or, if you’re not sure what to read, try picking one from this list of 100 books you should read in your lifetime.
Spend Some Quality Time With Important People
Grab some friends, your significant other, your family, your dog, or anyone else that’s important to you, and spend some time with them. With so much focus on work, we often don’t connect with those we love as deeply or as often as we should. Take some time to grab lunch or just sit down and talk.
Make Yourself An Awesome Meal
Instead of that fast food you keep grabbing because you’re too tired to cook, make yourself a nice homemade dinner. Make an old favorite that you haven’t had in awhile or try something new. Light some candles, have a glass of wine, and really let yourself savor it.
Take A Long Walk
The world is a beautiful place. Go to the local park, or walk down your street and soak in the day. Leave your cell phone at home and just enjoy the outdoors.
Stay In Bed
When’s the last time you let yourself stay in your pajamas all day? Turn off the phone and computer so you aren’t tempted to check emails and just relax. Snuggle up in the covers, maybe watch some good movies, and let yourself unwind and recharge. Your body will thank you.
Taking a vacation definitely doesn’t need to mean travelling. Try one, or all, of these the next time you feel yourself getting overwhelmed for a happier and healthier you!
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