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


Book a massage, get a mani-


Reading, be it serious books
or frivolous magazines or anything in between, often gets
shunted to the side during busy
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.


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 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
If you have kids, now is a
good time to make sure they
can find cartoons on the TV.


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