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Self Care Staycations: What They Are and Why You Need Them

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A staycation combines staying at or near your home and vacationing. Add to that a little self care, and you have a self care staycation. The concept of staycation and self care go together like peanut butter and jelly. When you are not stressed by the logistics of getting to your destination and planning your vacation activities, you have much more time to focus on activities that feed your mind, body, and spirit. A self care staycation can bring you happiness, help you find some Zen, and leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Without the hassle of travel schedules and lost luggage.

Why You Need a Self Care Staycation

Life can get seriously overwhelming seriously fast. And sometimes before you even realize it. It’s so easy to forget to have fun and take care of yourself. Scheduling a self care staycation is one way to reconnect with yourself and what is important to you. Once a quarter is ideal, but if that seems unrealistic, you can shoot for twice a year. It’s a great way to revive your energy, creativity, and motivation.

Plan Your Self Care Staycation

Pick a date and clear your schedule. If you have kids, make arrangements for them to stay with their grandparents or at a friend’s house for the weekend. Or plan your staycation for when they are at camp. If your job tends to take over your weekends, let them know you’ll be out of touch. Clear your schedule so you can focus on your self care. Get ready to have fun.

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Schedule a Spa Day

Find a day spa near you and book a massage, acupuncture, mani/pedi, facial, or whatever makes you feel good. Splurge and get more than one treatment. There’s almost nothing more relaxing than a little pampering, and when you are on your self care staycation, the sky is the limit.
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Find a Yoga Retreat or Seminar Near You

Yoga retreats and seminars are available at all levels, so find one that offers what you need. Want to hone your handstand skills? There’s a retreat for that. Maybe you just want a restorative experience that focuses on gentle poses, breathing, and meditation. That’s fine too. Do what feeds you.
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Binge-Watch a Series

There is so much good TV out there these days that it’s hard to keep up. Almost everyone has a list of shows they mean to watch – one day. Your self-care staycation is the day. Make some popcorn and catch up on your watch list so that when your friends discuss the latest episodes, you’ll be in the know.
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Take a Cooking Class

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn how to make? Fresh pasta, for instance? Sign up for a cooking class, either at a local cooking school or online. You’ll probably find that cooking isn’t as hard as you think, and you’ll soon be wowing family and friends with your new skills.
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Practice Meditation

If you don’t meditate regularly, the thought of doing so can be daunting. And it does take some practice. A staycation is the best time to begin. Begin with 5 or 10 minutes and see what happens. At first 2 minutes may seem like forever, but if you make meditation a habit, you’ll soon find yourself looking forward to it.
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Spend Some Time in Nature

Try the Japanese practice of forest bathing. Which is just what it sounds like. Get out into nature and let it bathe over you. Listen to the sounds, take in the scents, and let the sunlight wash over you.
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Reconnect with Friends

Because our lives are so busy these days, we often lose track of those relationships that sustain us. When you are working, a year without seeing your friends can go by in the blink of an eye. Schedule a shopping trip, spa day, or other activity with your squad for a day of mutual support.
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Spend Some Time Reading

Take some time to read. It’s that simple. Find a cozy chair or stretch out on the sofa and lose yourself in a book for a few hours. That’s a luxury very few of us have these days, so enjoy.
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Take a Nap

We all seem short on sleep these days, so squeeze a nap into your staycation. Daytime naps can boost creativity, increase alertness, reduce stress, improve your memory, brighten your mood, and more. A mere 15-20 minutes is all you need to get the benefits of napping.
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Enjoy the Feeling

A low-key, self-care staycation can be the perfect reset for your life. Giving your brain and body a break will not only help with productivity but also increase your overall health. Do as much or as little as you wish, as long as it nurtures the part of you that needs it the most.
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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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