Taking time for yourself is important, and while it’s easy to imagine taking that time on a beach somewhere far away, it’s not always the most financially feasible plan. But that’s why the staycation exists. Whether you’re recovering from one of the 827,000 divorces that happened this year or you’re just stressed out, a staycation can do wonders for your mental health. If you’re ready for some real pampering without all of the spending, these staycation ideas were made for you.
Treat yourself to an at-home spa experience.
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting down in the spa with a glass of wine and a magazine. And if you’re not looking to spend big bucks on a facial, consider a few simple at-home spa luxuries. If you’re running low on ideas, try one of the following:
- Putting a few drops of essential oil and some rose petals in your bath. This can provide a relaxing environment that has an added benefit of aromatherapy.
- Invest in a few sheet masks! These masks are incredibly refreshing and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
- Treat yourself to a nice bottle of wine. Consider a bottle of Playful Peasant, crafted 100% from grapes planted in 1900. Talk about luxury!
- Give yourself a mini mani. Even taking the time to file and paint your nails can be relaxing and meditative.
Give your bedding a refresh.
Did you know that almost 75% of people get better sleep if their sheets have a fresh scent? While doing laundry might not sound like the most relaxing thing in the world, the reward of warm, clean sheets is certainly worth it. And if you’re sick of your bedding entirely, consider investing in some new throw pillows and a nice duvet cover. The duvet will cost you far less than a full comforter, and you’ll be able to enjoy a whole new look in your bedroom. Serenity could be a quick bedding change away.
Start a gratitude journal.
Journaling is an excellent way to reflect on your moods, choices, and life as a whole. Investing your time in a gratitude journal can have similar benefits, especially if you’re feeling emotionally spent. Dedicating a few minutes every day to feeling grateful can have a huge impact on the way you perceive the world around you. In fact, a 2013 study proved that keeping a gratitude journal can actually help you fall asleep more easily at night. Combined with your fresh sheets, you’ll be getting the best sleep of your life!
Cook up a special meal for yourself.
Part of the beauty of a staycation is actually having the time to do things you love around your home. If cooking is one of them, now is the perfect time to try making a new, exciting dish for yourself. If you’re one of the three-quarters of people who are looking for new flavors in their food, take the leap! Look up a fun new recipe from another culture and try your hand at it. Or if you’re not too comfortable in the kitchen, consider ordering takeout from a new place you haven’t tried yet. Your tastebuds might surprise you!
Staycations can be just as refreshing as a week out on the beach. The key is how you choose to spend your time. So take a few days of PTO and try a few of these ideas to feel relaxed and refreshed without breaking the bank.