Make the best of your summer staycation

June 16, 2020 | by Edward-Elmhurst Health
Categories: Healthy Driven Life

The summer travel season likely will look different for many Americans this year. Between COVID-19, stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions, vacations at the beach or overseas travel will likely be put on hold for many. But, that doesn’t have to spell an end to summer vacations.

Vacations give us a much-needed break from the everyday to unwind and relax. Some would argue that with the stress of COVID-19, taking time to unwind is necessary now more than ever.

While you may be staying home during your break, it doesn’t mean you have to spend your time couch surfing and binge watching the latest on Netflix.

Your summer staycation can be relaxing and fun with some planning. Here are a few tips:

  • Disconnect from work. Many of us have been working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you’re still working from home and are taking a staycation, be sure you’re off work mode during your vacation time. Give yourself a break from emails and phone calls, even if your office is at home. If you need to respond to emails or calls, try scheduling time to do that so you can enjoy the rest of your day work-free.
  • Splurge a little and change the scenery. Buy some new plants or wall decor to make your home feel like a getaway. Splurging on a new set of bed sheets or comforter will likely cost less than a hotel stay and can give you that luxurious feel of a hotel stay. Hang a hammock in your backyard or a porch swing out front. A water fountain outside or inside your home can help you unwind to the sounds of nature.
  • Plan an at-home spa day. Dig out your comfy robe and slippers and pamper yourself. Your day could include a soak in the tub, a facial, manicure or an eye mask while you nap. Set up a meditation area in your home with special lighting, a yoga mat or floor cushion and soft music. Enjoy the day and relax.
  • Tour your town. Check out your local visitor’s bureau and tour your town, or a neighboring town, as a tourist. Visit a park you’ve never been to, learn about the town’s history at the local museum or check out some new shops while strolling the streets of your town. Be sure to include stops to the local favorites for lunch, dinner or a scoop of ice cream.
  • Try something new. Use your staycation to pick up a new hobby, learn to cook a new cuisine or finish a project around the house. Include the whole family and find new things to do together that you can all enjoy. You can also check out your local park district or your community college to see if they are offering any fun outdoor or online classes. Use the time to try something you might not otherwise do during your normal week.
  • Camp out in your backyard. If your ideal vacation includes camping, try camping out in the backyard during your staycation. Set up a tent and enjoy burgers on the grill, s’mores by the fire and stargazing from your backyard. Or, if the weather isn’t cooperating, set up camp inside your home. Build indoor forts out of sheets and set up air mattresses or sleeping bags for the night.

Staying at home for vacation doesn’t have to be mundane. With a little planning, your staycation can be filled with adventure, fun and memories for years to come.

For updates on our planning and response efforts as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19, please check EEHealth.org/coronavirus.

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