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P Make Time to Take a Break pedi or a facial or find out what a seaweed wrap really is at a local spa or salon. If you don’t have those resources close by, create your own spa experience — take a long, hot bubble bath with relaxing music and cucumber water, paint your toenails, do a not-at-all intense yoga class that helps you relax. lanning an out-of-town vacation can be stressful. It’s expensive, you’re dealing with airports and trains and schedules and in a new area and schlepping your belongings from hotel to hotel as you move around. It doesn’t always provide the restful, relaxing vacation you may need after a difficult stretch at work or if you’re in need of escape and indulgence. Plan a staycation to rest and pamper yourself so you’re rejuvenated and ready to jump back into things. HAVE A SPA DAY Book a massage, get a mani- LEAVE TIME FOR READING AND WATCHING TV Reading, be it serious books or frivolous magazines or anything in between, often gets shunted to the side during busy times. Make time for this during your staycation. If you’re itching to finish “War and Peace,” do it, but if you want nothing more than to lay in a hammock reading celebrity magazines, go for it! Reading things you enjoy is a great way to forget about your problems. Watching a new TV series or revisiting an old favorite is also a great way to let your brain disengage and relax. ORDER FOOD… OR DON’T Many people find placing an order for food and paying the delivery person enough work for an easy meal. If that’s you, go for it. Order dinner in (eat it on the delivery containers to avoid extra dirty dishes) or order meal kit services that make cooking really easy. You’ll eat food you like without having to worry about all the cooking. Of course, if cooking relaxes you, then absolutely pull out a complicated recipe you’d never have time to make in a normal week and spend a few hours whipping up something fabulous. SLEEP AS MUCH AS YOU WANT Sleep in, take a nap, go to bed whenever you’d like. Don’t set your alarm and just enjoy the all-too-rare opportunity for your body to wake up when it’s ready. If you have kids, now is a good time to make sure they can find cartoons on the TV.