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Lucky me my side gig doesn’t have anything for me this week. This means I am having a staycation. I will not be leaving my house for anything. As I planned some personal time and self care I thought to myself “Crystal, Staycations are pretty popular. Maybe you should show people how to plan one.” Which is exactly what I did.
It just so happened that my staycation was planned around my work. 5 days of complete uninterrupted me time. I plan to lay in bed, blog, and binge watch all the Netflix my heart desires. To do this properly though it requires a bit a planning.
What is a Staycation?
A staycation is taking a vacation at home. This could mean taking a week off work just because. Planning to visit some of the sites in your area. Anything you can do at home that is vacation like.
Staycations are tricky because it takes effort to not do all those pesky chores or silly errands that consume most of our non vacation lives. If you were on vacation would you be grocery shopping? Paying bills? Running the dry cleaning? Hell no.
It’s difficult to stay home and not do all these things. They are habit. So the better thing to do is make sure bills are paid before or scheduled to be paid after the staycation. Clean like you would for a vacation. Grocery shop for everything you need before your staycation. Basically run all of your weekly chores like you would if you were leaving.
What do you expect from your Staycation?
My staycation is a plan to detox my body of a chemical I’ve been putting in it for way too long. That’s right I’m quitting smoking.
I’ve been wanting to quit for quite some time and I finally have an opportunity to give myself some me time while I do it. Avoiding people, social media, and anything that could trigger me to want a cigarette. Making the quitting process a little easier while also giving me a much needed break.
So I’ve made it my intention to spend three days locked away in the bedroom, eating snacks, taking hot baths, drinking lots of water, and binge watching netflix.
Figure out what you hope to gain personally from your staycation. Do you want to go out? Do you want to relax? It can be several different goals you want to achieve during this time.
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What will you avoid during your staycation?
I will allow myself a few hours daily to go on the laptop to handle marketing and my at home side gig. Other than that I’m turning off all notifications to social media and leaving my phone on silent.
I will be avoiding leaving the bedroom, work, and contact with people. This is going to be my time to meditate and recharge after a few very stressful years. I plan to do some soul searching during this time to analyze my smoking triggers so I can avoid them or figure out a better way to handle those triggers without turning to a seriously bad chemical.
Write down some of things that you are looking to avoid? Do you want to disconnect from technology? Do you want to avoid people? Figure out what you want to avoid in order to enjoy your time at home more.
Plan it out
I plan on sleeping, meditating, eating, relaxing, reading and watching TV. The point of my staycation is for me to detox, recharge, and relax.
I plan on journaling a bit as well. Figuring out things I can do that will help to control my emotions better without putting horrid toxins into my body. Check out how to start a bullet journal for more on how I plan to journal.
For the safety of my friends and family during my staycation I will not be on my personal social media accounts. I have warned everyone I talk to daily that I will not be answering the phone and if there is an emergency they are to contact Rob.
If you want to do the same thing, let important people know you will be unavailable for the period of time you are on staycation. Otherwise, if you plan to go out with some friends start scheduling everything in advance of your staycation.
Order tickets for events you want to attend. As you get closer to your staycation check out the weather so you can plan your outdoor activities around it.
Check out my tips for self care you can try on your staycation.
Understanding the Staycation
Staycations are whatever you make of them. Just like a vacation you can see the sites, enjoy some pampering, or just chill the eff out.
Staycations can actually be a little more difficult to pull off. A lot of that is due to family or friends not understanding why you are unavailable when you are home. Sometimes people just don’t understand it.
That’s ok, just do your best to explain it to them and then don’t answer your phone. If that’s what you desire.
Treat it like an actual vacation and all is well.
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