When we imagine ourselves away on holiday, we’re likely to picture a happier, more zen and adventurous version of ourselves.
Isn't it tempting to sail away to sunnier and warmer places when life gets overwhelming?
But the question we should ask ourselves is "Isn’t life too short for our highlights to fall exclusively on our holiday leave?".
Positive psychology focuses on what part help us achieve happiness and fulfilment in our lives. Studies show that whilst our genes play a large role in determining our happiness levels, a whopping 40% is because of our daily behaviour and thought patterns. Only 10% is due to “life circumstances” such as being away on holiday. So when it comes to happiness, so much is within our control and we don’t need the backdrop of a Caribbean beach to feel upbeat.
So why don't we incorporate these behaviours from holiday and apply them in everyday life. It seems that often these days, the stress of every day life during COVID, and the beautiful images we see on social media have us longing to get away from it all. But now that this is not an option because let’s face it, holidays are still an unknown this year - why wait when you can make your own happiness at home? You will be surprised how many of people are opting to explore places closer to home with a staycation.
But why should you ‘staycation’?
It re-establishes family bonds.
Because many of us have been working from home due to COVID, it can be hard to separate work and home life easily. How many times have you been so busy cleaning the house, doing the dishes, making dinner, paying bills, that you overlooked taking peaceful moments during the day?
While every single one of those things is necessary, taking a few days to just bond with your family is a great way to connect with each other. It means saying “All of these things can wait because this time is my own time for myself and my family.” Whether you’re going camping, staycationing at a nearby hotel, or even just staying at home with board games and films, choosing to make that time fun for everyone is a great way to re-establish bonds that have been lost.
It helps you find unexplored places near you.
Staycations make things more special than usual– which means you can’t always go back to the places you see on staycation, but it means those hidden gems you find and love are close enough for you to return more often than if you were in another country.
It’s a chance to mindfully unplug.
Technology pulls on us left and right on every second. Think about it, do you sleep with your phone on our side table? It’s often the first thing we look at when we wake up and the last thing we check before we log off for the night. We are constantly connected– on the computer, on our phones, and now even when we’re working at home.
While it’s not always a bad thing to be connected, sometimes it’s nice to take time to consciously unplug. A staycation allows you to do this. You’re still home, you’re still local, you’re still accessible… but you’re also not. When you ‘vacation’, it’s easy to unplug– time spent away means you may not have as much signal, you may have a busy schedule that prevents you from connecting online– but a staycation is a lower-commitment way to disconnect yourself.
A staycation is a great way to say “I’m stepping away from the online world to enjoy this time with my family.” Especially if you’re not staying at a hotel and choosing to stay at home for your staycation, it’s important to make it a clear, conscious commitment, not just a byproduct of being away.
It revives your love for where you live.
Many of us often take the places we live for granted.
Whether you’ve lived somewhere forever or it just feels that way, a staycation is a great way to get in touch with where you live and remember all of those reasons that make you love and embrace where you’re at.
You get all of the fun of planning and enjoying a holiday, without the added expense of travel.
It’s also a great way to have fun while being environment-conscious too!
There are a lot of great travel destinations out there which we all want to visit, and hopefully soon will again. But staycations open a lot of possibilities and can be a really fun way to bond. Once you’ve tried it you may even plan to make them a regular event!
photo credit by: @sixnfive