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How to take a vacation without leaving your own home

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How to take a vacation without leaving your own home
Eight ideas to help you kindle the joy of travel during your staycation, from author and designer Ingrid Fetell Lee.

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Benefits of vacationing

Benefits of vacationing

Studies show that those who go on vacations are more likely to have:

  1. A decreased risk of having a fatal heart attack for men;
  2. An improvement in heightening one's reacti...

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Staycation

Vacations aren't only on tropical islands or a different place, sometimes it could be in the confines of your home. This is called a staycation and often provides the same benefits: an...

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  1. Read books and watch movies that stimulates your desire for adventure;
  2. Pick up that old musical instrument that you've procrastinated to learn;
  3. Cook yourself somethin...

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10 Tips To Really Enjoy Vacations

10 Tips To Really Enjoy Vacations
  1. You’re more likely to relax if you take more frequent vacations/year and dial down the expectations on each one.
  2. Family visits are more likely to result in a feeling of exhaustion. Prioritize your top 10 relationships for the year and find ways to interact with them year-round. 
  3. Getting more adventure on your daily life will take the pressure from your vacations to be adventurous making it more relaxing. 
  4. Spending some time outdoors reminds us how small and insignificant most of our problems are.
  5.  A staycation – a vacation from work without the travel - will help with regulating your sleeping schedule.
  6. If you’re traveling don’t hop from place to place, instead try to immerse yourself in them more. 
  7. Plan in transitions. Leave home later and come home early, to ease back into your routine over the weekend. 
  8. Nearly all deadlines are arbitrary. Map out what needs to be done on your return and extend the deadlines around your holiday instead of trying to meet them all before you leave.
  9. Don’t over-plan and over-extend your vacations. 
  10. Find the time and space prior to it to focus on work without interruption so you can fulfill your workaholic needs and not feel like you left too much unfinished.

Don't Skip Your Vacantion

Don't Skip Your Vacantion

Studies show that working for extended periods of time without a break has an adverse effect on one’s overall performance.

Going on a (relaxing) vacation has immense benefits like greater creativity, lower stress and improved productivity. Taking a mental time off from work while on vacation creates a creative space inside our heads, making us work better once we are back.

Planning For A Vacantion

  • Poorly planned vacation time can diminish the positive aspects of a vacation, making it something out of a horror movie. Planning ahead makes us look forward to a vacation and adds an atmosphere of growth to our lives.
  • Instead of planning an elaborate far away vacation, plan for something nearby that is a short drive from home.
  • We need to have a realistic look at our options and identify the type of experience that would be ideal for us. Each of us has our own preferences of what nourishes us and helps us rejuvenate. Some like walking in nature, others may like adventure sports or to be at the beach, soaking up the much-needed sunlight.

The Outdoors And Our Mental Health

Spending time in nature is beneficial for us in countless ways, and we can reap tremendous rewards by being out in the woods for just two hours a week.

Activities like a morning walk, a beach picnic, or a trip to a nearby lake can have a calming effect on the mind and don't take more than a day of our time.

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Tips To Prepare For Vacations

  • Give yourself enough time to complete the work you have committed to before you leave and don’t take on new projects.
  • Delegate important tasks to someone capable and trustworthy.
  • Practice relaxing before you leave by researching about the destination and having relaxing evenings.
  • Don’t plan on working while you are on your vacation.
  • Don’t over-plan your vacation. The planning itself and having to follow a bunch of schedules and rules can bring stress.

Tips For During Your Vacation

  • Scan your email occasionally to reassure yourself that nothing catastrophic is happening in your absence.
  • Try some activities, maybe something new, so you can have so much fun you forget all work related stress.
  • Turn off your phone and email notifications so you’re not constantly reminded of work. 
  • Don’t be tempted to work. You are taking a vacation to get a break. Working during the break will add stress to your trip and resentment when you return.

Tips For Your Return From Vacation

  • Get to your inbox first as it will allow you to prioritize your tasks properly.
  • Try to keep away from the office or commitments at least for your first day so you will be able to focus on catching up.
  • Try to incorporate the stress relieving tactics you found during your vacation to your routine.
  • Don’t work late. As tempting as it may be, work your normal hours when you return.