Spring break is approaching and if you are a poor college student like myself, traveling to a tropical resort isn’t really in the budget. GOOD NEWS: tropical beaches aren’t your only vacation option. Instead, try planning a low-budget staycation and unwind within (or just outside) your own four walls.
Staycation: A vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer.
Put the World On Hold
- Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to them. Leave them there for the whole day (or two, or five).
- Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, keeping in mind that “not at all” is always an option.
- Do an “out of the office” message for your e-mail (even if your office is a corner of the playroom). Say you won’t be checking your e-mail till you’re back from vacation. Then power down the computer and throw a towel over it.
- Skip the news—and maybe even stop the mail—for a week. When you banish the source of stress, the stress itself may follow. The earth will continue to turn even if you’re not reading all about it every morning at 7:30 sharp, and sadly, the bills will still be there when your vacation is over.
- Have your own three-day film festival. Pick a theme―When Smooth Men Ruled the Silver Screen, Road-Trip Movies, The Five Biggest Tearjerkers―then bump them to the top of your Netflix queue or check for them at your local library. Lay in a supply of your favorite movie snacks, however trans-fatty and decadent. (Reminder: It’s your vacation, and it’s only a few days.) Turn off all the phones, turn out the lights, and slip away.
- Turn your bathroom into an aromatherapy spa. Stop in at a health-food store to pick out a selection of essential oils in scents you like (calming lavender, rose oil, or chamomile; energizing peppermint or lemon verbena). Then draw a warm bath, sink into it, and relax (but don’t fall asleep).
Article written by GUADS staff member, Chelsea with staycation tips from RealSimple