8 Staycation Ideas For A Healthier Mind And Body

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.

Pamper Yourself

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!

Anum Yoon is a personal finance blogger who started and maintains Current On Currency for fellow budget conscious millennials. You can sign up for her weekly money newsletter here

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    1. Balance is important and (in my experience) hard to achieve. I could use some new hobbies – something to explore in 2016 I think. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  1. I recently had to go home to take care of some personal business and the flight is 13 hours (of hell) in order to get from Japan to New Jersey. This trip, I read a book to and fro and it was great! I forgot how much fun it was to just step out of the world and chill out in the pages of a good book. I have decided to start taking the time to read more….or in light of this post…..taking a staycation.

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    1. Japan? Nice. Not sure I could do that flight and stay sane. Glad you had a good book – I have been trying to visit the library more.

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  2. oops, didn’t know I’d end up on top. Change the “Mel said up there” to “Mel said DOWN there”. 😛

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  3. I second everything Mel said up there. I couldn’t have put it better myself. 🙂

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  4. There is nothing I love more than reading a good book. For me, it’s one of my favorite things to do and truly distracts me. I get absorbed in a good book and forget about everything else. I also love cooking a good meal, although not so much of a fan about the dirty dishes. But there is something special and soothing about treating yourself to one of your favorite meals.
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    1. Thanks for visiting Tanya. It is awesome to be able to curl up with a good book – it is a real treat.

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    1. Thanks Mel. I might actually take the laziest person on earth title – LOL – yes staycations can be great to recharge the batteries.

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    1. Thanks Brian. I agree – nothing like a good comedy to relax. I have been spending too much time watching dark/serious stuff. Today might be a good day to kick back and watch something funny. I think Christmas Vacation is my fav. Squirrel!

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