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How to Spring Break from Home

If you’ve even considered taking any kind of vacation this spring, that means you’ve at least Googled travel options. So, you know exactly what I mean when I say there is quite a struggle of finding an available flight, not to mention an affordable one. Right now, fewer planes are flying, so even if you can afford a ticket, that doesn’t mean you will be able to secure a seat on a plane. And meanwhile, on the ground, gas prices continue to rise, which is even making the concept of a road trip a significant financial investment. Taking all this into account, what’s a person who just needs a break to do?

Fortunately for you, we at High Peaks are masters of the staycation. So, let’s talk about how to make the most of what you’ve got, and treat yourself from home!

  1. Make Time

The thought feels simple, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Even if you can’t get away physically, it doesn’t mean you can’t take time off. So, let’s start with just requesting your days off. Take time off similar to what you request when going on a vacation. If you can’t take that much time off, or any at, make it an upcoming weekend or even a few hours during the week, wherever you can carve time out for yourself! Trust me when I say it’s worth it, you’re worth it, and you will feel better!

  1. Relax

What does it take to make you relax? Does running a hot bath, turning down the lights, lighting some candles, and just closing your eyes sound good? Do it! Does going for a long walk, doing some yoga, or hopping on your Peloton for an hour sound like a great way to unwind? Do it! Other options can include deep breathing exercises, meditation, reading, putting together a puzzle, or finally starting that show everyone’s been talking about!

  1. Hydrate

A good spring break staycation is about giving back to your body and mind. Since you’ve taken time away from work, focus on giving your body something healthy, like drinking plenty of water to keep you hydrated (eleven and a half cups for women and fifteen and a half for men). This is easy when you aren’t running around for work and will set a great pattern for when you get back to work after your time away.

  1. Make Yourself Dinner

Speaking of being kind to your body. Go to the grocery store and make something healthy, refreshing, and delicious. Treat yourself and learn to enjoy the process of cooking! You can make something up or finally make that recipe you saw on TikTok and haven’t had the time or energy to try making. You have the time now, so have fun with it!

  1. Take Yourself Out to Dinner

I know I know, we’re being healthy, but it’s all about balance! Time to take yourself out. Get dressed up and treat yourself. Go somewhere you’d otherwise think is a little too pricy or too far away from home to make it an impromptu destination. Arrange to meet a friend you haven’t seen in a while, fly solo, or take a date! Whatever feels right. Order dessert, order a second dessert, and enjoy yourself. You’ve earned it!

  1. Get some Vitamin D

This is a tall order for those of us who live in the northeast, trust me, I feel your pain. Try to make sure you can get outside and absorb whatever sun you can for about twenty minutes or more a day. If you can’t, or if the weather just won’t cooperate, light therapy lamps are available which produce a white light that mimics the effect of the sun. (These lights can get expensive, but you can also get some for around twenty dollars online!) A light therapy lamp won’t give you the Vitamin D as the sun does, but it will trick your mind into thinking it’s getting more light, which impacts your circadian rhythm and can decrease symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Hey, if you can’t go to the sun, bring the sun to you!

Spring Break is Possible for Everyone!

There’s no reason why you can’t do little things for yourself this spring. It doesn’t mean you need to spend money, and it doesn’t mean you need to travel. By simply taking a few days or a few hours in a day to devote to taking care of your mind and your body, you can get the rejuvenated feelings of having been on a vacation. When you take the time to focus on yourself, you get a nice reset to help you reach your peak when you rejoin your regular routine. Have you requested your time off yet?