The Mental Health Benefits of Taking a “Staycation”

by on December 8th, 2011 at 7:00 am

For many, travel is the perfect remedy for escaping from the stresses of daily life. However, with rising travel costs and the difficulty of sometimes getting just a few days away from the office, sometimes we have to use our imaginations and make the most of our limited free time.

Indulging in a “staycation”, or stay-at-home vacation, is a great way to relax, plus saves the hassles and expenses that can also accompany travel. If you can, try and take at least one day off and make it a long weekend.

  • Explore your own city. It’s likely that no matter where you live, city or suburbs, there is a part of town you have yet to explore or have just passed through. Spend a little time in the most opposite surroundings you can find. If you’re a city person, take a drive out to a park and spend the afternoon outdoors. If you live in a more rural area, explore the museums the city has to offer. Mix it up; you never know what you might discover and who you may run into.
  • Exercise. Beginning a new routine when you don’t have time pressures can help begin a routine you carry out into your everyday life, which not only helps weight management but also eases stress and improves energy levels.
  • Sleep in. Rest is crucial for re-energizing, and is often viewed as a luxury than a necessity. Make an effort to get into a healthy sleep routine.
  • Indulge in something new. Even if it’s something small, novelty can perk us up and carry through happy thoughts into stressful times. Paint a wall a bright yellow, try cooking a new food.
  • Spend time with friends and family. One of the greatest ways to boost emotional well-being, research shows being social offers many health benefits.
  • Do nothing. It’s ok if you don’t have the patience to learn to meditate. Spending some time simply reflecting, in whatever way works for you, can do wonders on helping prioritize goals, put worries in the proper perspective, and appreciate all that’s going well.


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