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How to Get Away Without Actually Getting Away

Posted on 31 May 2017 by sam

Summer is a great time to take a breather from work. In lots of industries, Summer is a slow time, so it’s relatively easy to take some time off without missing out on too much. Vacations can be expensive though, not to mention stressful, and sometimes it’s not feasible to get on a plane or in the car and actually go somewhere far away from home.

Enter, the “stay-cation.” You can get away from home for a night and stay in a hotel nearby, or, to save money, you can act like you’re on vacation in your own city. Get out and explore. Walk around, try new restaurants. Go to museums. Go shopping. Find a nearby hiking trail. Check out some theater or a concert. Whatever you need to go to get away. Do some research ahead of time. You’d probably be surprised at how much your area has to offer!

Often times, however, what you need to take a break from work is to truly unwind and slow down. And, if that’s what you’re after, you can go on vacation without ever leaving your house. One option is to create your own spa day. Light some candles and do an at-home facial, manicure, or pedicure. Another easy way to unwind while at home is doing a movie day. Or, you could try that recipe that you’ve had on your list, but have never had time for.

As long as you’re taking time to do something that you enjoy, it’s good time that you’re taking! Really enjoy those days off, whether that means going out and doing a bunch of things you’ve always wanted to do or simply sitting home on the couch with your significant other. If gaming is your thing, you could spend some time playing online games, either alone or with others. If you’re a sports fan, get out and catch a game before it gets too hot.

Truly checking out is often easier said than done. Oftentimes, we plan to take the day off but one e-mail turns into two, and then ten. A phone call turns into three and then four, and by the time it’s 6:00pm, you haven’t really taken a break at all.

Whatever your “thing” is, take some time and do it. You’ll go back to work refreshed. Your family, your body, your mind, and yes, even your job, will thank you.

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