Ways to have a staycation at home
Are your most recent travel destinations Las Kitchen, St. Sofa and El Porch? With social distancing, school closures, changes in work arrangements, travel restrictions and stay-at-home guidelines, you may feel like you need a getaway more than ever. Even though we cannot travel far from home, I challenge you to get creative and create staycations at home. The activities below may boost your spirits and everyone around you. Being home constantly can make you lose motivation and energy. These activities can give you a break and spark motivation.
Keep calm and carry on
Aaahhh, taking a deep breath can help ease tension. Create a spa day or a place to relax. Remember to add things that use your five senses to help you unwind and create a mini vacation. For a bath, close your eyes and imagine. Picture seeing darkness and candlelight, hearing nature sounds or silence, feeling warmth and calmness, smelling lavender or pine, or savoring a sweet treat or drink. Other ideas to relax are to stretch or do your nails and hair– do whatever may make you feel better inside and out.
Get your groove on.
Going stir-crazy and want to be more active? Liven things up by learning a dance or mastering an art. Perhaps you always wanted to learn the dance moves from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, the salsa or Zumba. Maybe you wanted to try kickboxing or yoga. Now is your chance. Movement will boost your immune system and morale. Check out online videos and Zoom instructors.
Let your creative juices flow
A day of art therapy can do wonders to relax you, distract you and change your thinking. Allow your imagination to run wild with paint, colors, stickers and other supplies you might have stored away. Have some tape and stored food in your food pantry? Create a drum set for music art, Play-Doh for your hands or ninja stress balls. Get everyone involved. Tune into your local Artzy Haven by following them on Facebook. They are going virtual to have instructor-led activities at home.
Go on virtual tours or vacation at home
If your planned vacation was canceled or postponed, there are ways to satisfy wanderlust with the benefits of no packing, lines or crowds. Several famous tourist attractions from around the world offer virtual tours. Set the scene at home and then go on a tour to add the sounds and visual. This will allow you to feel as if you were there. Go to the American Museum of Natural History, the British Museum and the Louvre. Observe favorite animals at the San Diego Zoo and Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can also go camping in your backyard, have a drive-in movie and a pool party. Buy some plants to make a garden, try new herbs or create a forest. Sometimes the simple things are what we remember and are the most fun. Need ideas? Ask your parents or grandparents. They lived in the time where they created memories from things in their house and their imaginations.
Refresh and reorganize
De-clutter at home or clean to create great feelings of accomplishment. List baby steps to feel good when you cross them off. Switching perspectives in your house can also reset feelings of lull. Rearrange furniture, tackle closets and get rid of the clutter. Giving away to others in need feels great. Organize pictures and other memorabilia. Do the things you always told yourself you would do later.
Keeping you connected
During these times of changes and uncertainty, Columbus Community Hospital remains here for you. Visit www.columbushosp.org for the latest updates on how we are responding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us at 402-564-7118.