This summer is one that is different for all of us. Whether your planned vacation was canceled due to the pandemic, a shift in your financials, or your goal to stay in line with CDC recommendations, we’re all feeling a little bummed. If you’re looking for a way to lift you and your family’s spirit, we’ve put together some ideas to bring the vacation to you!
The term “staycation” usually refers to you vacationing in your hometown, but in these times, it refers to vacation-ing in your home!
1. Get your home smelling good – What’s one thing about vacationing that everyone notices? Whether it’s the smell of the ocean, the cleanliness of the hotel room, or the restaurant you always go to each year, the smell is a key focus of our memories and our association with summer vacations. So do the same thing with your home! Whether it’s scented candles or just opening up your windows on a beautiful day, a good smelling home always relaxes everyone.
2. Sleeping in – One of the best parts of not working, no matter where you are! A good way to enforce the relaxation brought on by sleeping in a hotel on a vacation would be to pamper yourself before going to bed. Whether that’s a bath, a calming yoga session, or a cup of tea while reading a book, do whatever helps put your mind and body at ease. And if you feel like taking a midday nap, go for it!
3. Travel the world – Just because you’re homebound doesn’t mean you can’t explore! Pick a country, or have your kids pick one. Spend time looking at pictures online, virtual tours of museums or Google Maps, and have a recipe for dinner that aligns with where you visited! Not only is this educational, but a fun way to spend a few hours!
4. Disconnect – The news can be overwhelming for everyone. Avoid constantly scrolling on social media, but also watching too much news. Or allow yourself only an hour in the morning and an hour at night. This staycation is not only to give you a break from work but from the stress of everyday life. By disconnecting yourself from your phone and engaging in activities that facilitate relaxation and happiness, you’re setting yourself up for success when it’s time to head back to work.
5. Health/Work Benefits – Speaking of work, research has shown that vacations or downtime helps employees avoid or recover from work-related stress as well as increase productivity and focus. Many people are dealing with a completely different work environment, and many are having to balance homeschooling their children on top of normal work responsibilities. Stress and anxiety are probably the highest it’s been in a while for many people, and that trickles down into one’s productivity.
Have Kathleen’s Cleaning Service give you a professional clean before your staycation and treat yourself!