You actually have science on your side for this one; vacation, no matter where we spend it, has proven benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing.
Medical research shows that holidays can:
1. Decrease our risk of heart disease
2. Relieve stress
3. Promote physical activity
4. Boost our creativity
5. And, best of all, make us happy
So, go ahead – take time off to refuel, recharge and re-energize this summer!
Be a tourist – Staycations allow us to truly appreciate where we live. This summer, be a tourist in your own town and discover all the great things that it has to offer! Make a checklist of all the things you have always wanted to see and do within a two to 200 kilometre radius of your home. There’s never been a better time than now to cross off that list.
Why not have dinner at that restaurant your friends have been raving about? How about a visit to the local gallery or museum to see the latest art or artefacts on display? Think your family might be up a round of mini golf, a game of frisbee and a picnic lunch in a nearby park or a movie, followed by ice cream from your favourite shop?
Explore your neighbourhood – Get some vitamin D and exercise by exploring all the wonderful sights and sounds that surround you just outside your door or a few blocks away. Research the walking paths and trails in your neighbourhood and take a hike or bike ride. You could even set up a tent in your background and create your own mini campground, complete with s’mores, star gazing and ghost stories.
Savour nature – Did someone say road trip? Grab a friend, a camera and go! Capture the natural beauty of your home province. Rent a kayak or canoe. Then spend a peaceful afternoon letting your worries float away on a lazy river or lake.
Practice self-care – You can also disconnect from the world around you and reconnect with yourself and your partner by turning a room in your home into a spa. Create a playlist of relaxing music. Prepare a pot of herbal tea, or tray of sparkling water and a plate of tasty, healthy nibbles. “Google” recipes for face masks. Light candles. Trade massages. Read. Meditate.
Stay safe. Stay healthy and enjoy!