Staycation, all I ever wanted
Staycation, had to sleep all day
Staycation, meant to be spent at home!
Okay, that’s not a real song, and we made up the Stay-Stay’s. But with apologies to the Go-Go’s, sometimes the best way to recharge yourself is to take a few days off from work and enjoy an extended weekend (or even an entire week) from the comfort of your own home. That’s especially true if you’re nursing a foot or ankle injury that needs time to heal, or you have any other medical needs that prevent you from traveling away from home for long periods of time.
With spring break coming up for kids and students around the country, it’s the perfect opportunity for staycationers everywhere to not get packed, not load up the van, not worry about missing their flight, and not have to deal with a strange and lumpy bed—while still enjoying some dearly needed leisure time close to home.
But if you aren’t careful, staycations can quickly get, well, boring. And it suddenly becomes much more tempting to take that work phone call, or do a little work from home, or you know what, maybe just drive into the office for a few hours …
Here are some tips, suggestions, and advice for making the most of your staycation!
Set Some Ground Rules … and Stick to Them
We’ll set the first one for you: no checking your work e-mails or taking work phone calls. Just because you’re physically close to the office doesn’t mean you should be mentally in “work mode.” Hopefully you have a boss who will respect your boundaries on this, but sometimes enforcing your own rules is the greater challenge.
The rest of the rulesets are flexible, depending on the kind of experience you want to have. Some people just want to sleep in and relax—and that’s okay if that’s what you want! However, many people end up feeling unfulfilled if they simply fall into their regular weekend patterns and routines while on a stay-at-home break.
Establishing rules about, for example, whether or not you can watch TV (and if so, when and how much), hours where you have to be out of the house, etc. can help the experience feel fresh and keep your brain energized.
Develop an Itinerary
When most people go away for vacation, they put together at least a partial itinerary beforehand. Even if you don’t have every day scheduled down to the minute, you might have a few specific events you want to attend, or attractions you want to visit while you’re there.
You should do the same for an at-home vacation. What in the area have you wanted to do for a while, or been meaning to try? Maybe you’ve been craving a nice spa day, checking out that new restaurant that just opened, or taking a day trip somewhere in the region.
Your itinerary doesn’t have to be limited to what you do outside the house, either. Maybe you want to make sure you spend at least a few hours each day writing your novel, working on your scrapbook, or completing some other personal project. Schedule time for these activities and make sure you hold yourself accountable! Again, this helps you from falling into a rut and feeling bored and unsatisfied.
What to Put on Your List
Hopefully you’ve already got some ideas spinning in your mind. Here are a few of ours!
- Take in a show. Whether you like live music, staged productions, musicals, or comedy, there’s no shortage of theatres and clubs to check out—everything from the gorgeous Shubert Theatre in New Haven to more intimate and informal spaces.
- Go for a day trip. People from all around the country vacation in New England and the Mid-Atlantic; you can do the same plus sleep in your own bed at night. Nice! If you love roller coasters, you’ve got Lake Compounce or Six Flags New England within easy reach. If history is more your thing, there’s no shortage of historic coastal towns and museums to check out. And of course, Manhattan’s Union Station is just a two-hour train ride away.
- Take a spa day. Pamper yourself! Go get a nice, relaxing massage, trip to the steam room—whatever sounds luxurious to year. Then, go get yourself a proper pedicure and do your nails right! One word of caution here, though—make sure you choose a licensed salon that uses an autoclave to sterilize all equipment between visitors. You can pick up a fungal infection from facilities that observe less-than-spectacular hygiene practices.
- Go for a bike ride. There’s really no better way to explore the world around you—slow enough to take in all the sights, but fast and efficient enough to cover a lot of ground without wearing you down. It’s low-impact exercise, too, which means it’s a good alternative for people struggling with mild to moderate foot pain. There are plenty of both paved and unpaved bike trails in and around Greater New Haven to choose from. Pick one you’ve never tried before—you might be surprised at what you can find just a few miles from home!
- Make some real progress on those big projects. These don’t have to be “home improvement” tasks like painting the deck, although they can be if you enjoy doing them! Staycations are a good time to make some headway on any longer-term projects you’ve had your eye on, whether they’re for business, home, or purely for pleasure. Make some soap! Add some pages to your scrapbook! Now is your opportunity to check those “I’ll get around to that sometime” tasks off your list.
- Make a reading list. Finally read some old classics for the first time (or at least the first time in a few decades) or try a new release! Spend the first morning of your staycation holed up at the library assembling your reading materials. Just remember to bring them back on time!
Those are obviously just a few of our favorites, but it all really depends on what you want to get out of your staycation. Do you want to try new restaurants, new events, and new activities in your own city? Take some day trips? Or just sleep in, relax, and give your brain a break? It’s up to you.
One thing is for sure, though—whether you’re on a globe-trotting expedition or just checking out the sights and sounds of your local neighborhood, foot pain that keeps you from fully enjoying your activities should be assessed and treated by a professional. If you’re struggling, reach out to us online or give us a call today. And enjoy your spring break!