By now, most of us have had to take a staycation -a vacation spent in one's country of residence rather than abroad- and it looks like that might be the only option in the next foreseeable months. To be your best employer, employee, partner or friend you must disconnect, focus on yourself and come back stronger than ever. Here are 3 fun and productive ways to do so:
Spring cleaning 2.0
Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant, author and star of the Netflix series Tidying up with Marie Kondo, said it best: "From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life".
If you are one of the millions of people across the world fascinated by the series, you know that tidying up your home is just the surface. In addition, one should consider decluttering, sorting out and organizing every aspect of their home - particularly closets, cupboards and cabinets - in order to provide clarity in their living spaces and their minds.
The process includes parting ways with unnecessary things or memorabilia that might be keeping you from focusing on your present and future
Take advantage of the opportunity to donate some items to a cause that matters to you.
Develop a new healthy habit
Dr Maxwell Maltz suggested that it takes an individual 21 days to form a habit. Although the amount of days proposed by Maltz have been challenged, what is irrefutable is the key element to forming a habit: consistency.
With today's busy lifestyle and many distractions, it can be difficult to be consistent and persistent in achieving your goal.
Whether you want to go vegan or start practicing yoga, consider starting your journey while on staycation when you know that you can devote yourself to attaining your goal.
You can also make it a family affair by involving your significant other or kids.
Go tech-free for 48 hours
Yes... I know, it sounds hard. But think about it... not so long ago, we were all able to go days, weeks even, without social media, and we were doing just fine. Some might even say we were doing great! Going tech-free will help you really enjoy the present moment and appreciate every subtle detail we overlook because of our quasi obsession with our phones.
We now know the negative impacts that social media can have on our mental health and self-esteem. Stepping away from it can help you recharge and eventually reassess your use of social media ( if the energy is negative: unfriend, unfollow, delete, block!)
If 48 hours seem unrealistic to you, start by doing baby steps: an afternoon, or possibly 24 hours at a time.
While you are obviously not required to be overly productive during on staycation, keep in mind that a little productivity can go a long way.