What to do when it's late summer, you've got vacation time built up and your husband doesn't get any time off until next fall? You take a staycation! Staycation's are spent at home, in town and cost little to no money. But most importantly, to have a true staycation you must follow one simple rule: Prepare to get some shit done but leave plenty of time for some rest, relaxation and fun. It's also good to stock the liquor cabinet or the wine holder.
I prepared beforehand by making of list of items I wanted to accompolish on my days off. Stuff that I wish I could get done on the weekends but never do because weekends are just too short to spend the time working. Clean the attic, clean one room a day from head to toe, emtpy the fridge of all rotten items, wash the moss off the sides of the house and gutters, prune the climbing rose, etc.
Ten days off and I'm on day seven. It's actually taken me a good five days to fully come out of work mode. I caught myself quite a few times checking my work email but I've slowly weaned myself to peaking once a day now. When I wake up, sans alarm, I have my morning coffee with the news, lounging on the couch until I feel awake enough to begin my day. If that motivation never comes, I just pull a blanket over me and find a good lifetime movie to get lost in for a few hours. That's what I love about staycations, there's no agenda. If miraculously, the motivation hits me early, I get a good walk in with the dogs and then throw on some Budos Band and begin one of my projects. However as soon as the afternoon sun comes through the windows, that is my signal to chill it out again with a glass of wine and my book of the week. Dinners are relaxed and could vary from a wonderfully aromatic steaming crock pot of happiness or simply take-out burger and fries. And who needs a bedtime when the next day promises anything I wish for and involves no going to work.
The thing about staycations is you have to love being by yourself. You have to be ok with being your own company. Because my hermit genes run extra high, it's good to get some socialization too. Get outta the house every other day and visit someone or invite a friend over. I highly recommend it or once you go back to work you will forget how to interact with the public and you will mourn for your staycation cave.
I have to admit I have been quite productive as well as slothful. My wine is now running low and my projects are almost complete. Relaxation has hit a full-time high and thoughts of work have slipped way way into the background. I've slowly rejuvenated my senses and gotten my groove back. I am always one to raise my glass to getting away from it all but if the away part can't be on a private island, then I make damn sure that I use my staycation time to the fullest.
Usually as staycation draws to a close, that old friend 'anxiety' tries to call. I conquer this intrusion by booking a full body massage the day before going back to work, then a late afternoon nap and being fully organized and prepared for the first day of work. I highly recommend a staycation to one and all. Now don't get me wrong, there really is nothing better than getting the heck outta dodge and that is just what I plan to do next - vacate the premises, and take a friggin vacation!