I get it. This summer is way different than any others you have experienced. There is no or limited travel. And even when there is travel, it is greatly altered and looks vastly different from summers before. Most kids are skipping summer camps, virtual VBS is now the norm, and the highlight of the week is when you find out the neighborhood pool will be available for use only after signing your life away on an extensive waiver.
But don’t worry though, there are still ways to slay your summer staycation that don’t involve constantly complaining about the way things were.
1. Let the Sunshine In
Getting ample sunshine is not just about achieving a great summer tan, sunshine is the best way to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for good bone health and pumps up immunity. Depending on your skin tone or complexion, aim for making the first 15-30 minutes of exposure sunscreen free for maximum vitamin D absorption.
2. Get Planted
There is something about planting a garden that is so therapeutic.
Starting a family garden is a fun way to combine exercise, getting outdoors and eating well into one family friendly activity that packs a big punch.
Activities like pulling weeds, planting flowers, digging, raking and picking fruits and vegetables has been said to burn anywhere from 200 to 400 calories per hour.
As an added benefit, growing some of your own food saves money, teaches kids where food comes from, and you get to eat what you grow. Not to mention, you get some vitamin D too.
3. Take a Chill Pill
Most of the worries and concerns we have are things that are outside of our control. Hello online learning, distance learning, mask vs no masks, emergency homeschooling and COVID. While we don’t have control with what’s happening in the world, there is a way to bring more calm to the chaos.
Ridgecrest Anxiety Free contains natural botanical and adaptogens that brings a sense of calm to the chaos. It doesn’t matter if your neighbor starts holding an impromptu dog training camp near your backyard or if your refrigerator breaks down for the second time in four months, you’ll be so chill.
The Anxiety Free Stress Free Complex works and should be a consistent part of your wellness arsenal.
4. Dress to Impress
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☀️Singing ? “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…” And a beautiful day for a dress (gifted) with pockets. ? Rounded up some of my favorite summer Amazon summer dresses today. Link in profile ??. Cause…homebound doesn’t have to mean dressing homely. And eventually, we’re all going to have to learn how to dress up again ??♀️ . So check out my picks (above ??) and “get dressed”.
When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, the fact that you’re not on a fabulous trip sporting your new vacation outfit but, instead walking around your neighborhood on a leisurely stroll doesn’t feel so bad. Plus, this pandemic has to end at some point and you’ll need to know how to dress in something other than pajamas and leisurewear.
5. Rediscover the Outdoors
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?We couldn’t whisk you off to the Pacific Coast to Bali (like you wanted) ? or even celebrate ? in the Caribbean with a island ?treasure hunt (like we did for your 6th birthday ?) but, I’m glad you had an awesome 7th birthday ? . Please understand, it took every mind trick I had to get in the water ? yesterday. There were things touching my feet and when I looked down, I couldn’t see what they were ?. Beach snob for life??. I fully expect you to build me a fancy mother in-law suite (island style) with butler service once you go off to start at a family of your own. ? First trip of crazy ? 2020 down. A lifetime of travel and adventure to go. I love you my son shine. Signed your “beach loving” mother. Swipe left ⬅️ to see the pic of my newly minted 7 year old pushing me into the water and the 10 year old laughing her head off. Ponies? , beach ? , food ? and adventure…?
I don’t know where you live, but I’d be willing to bet that there are amazing parks, farms, beaches and other points of interest that are just waiting for you to discover them.
The problem is, your mind is so laser focused on how things were, that it’s easy to see what’s right in front of you.
If you don’t know where to start, nearby walking paths and neighborhood parks are easily accessible and make for great family time. If you feel a bit more adventurous, try visiting state and national parks. As an incentive to enjoy nature with your family, every September 1st, everykidoutdoors.gov provides free passes to national parks to fourth graders and their families for the entire school year. Finding an orchard or farm to pick summer fruit in season is another tasty way to enjoy nature.
6. Get Involved in Backyard Shenanigans
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?Truth moment…I’m not the best at using backyard splash slides. ? Truth moment…kids don’t care. Moral of this story…get out and PLAY. PS. Took us forever to find a good slide, that was in stock with favorable reviews. Scoring one feels like the “new toilet paper”. ? Also that watermelon ? thingy brings us lots of water ? fun too. Link to both (affiliate) fun purchases is in the bio ??. Look for the list “Backyard Summer Fun” . #stayactive #stayactivestayfit #founditonamazon
If you’re blessed to have an outdoor space or backyard outside your home, a summer staycation is great time to recreate it and have some fun. Both adults and kids can enjoy sprinklers, slides and other fun water play. An outdoor projector can even turn your backyard into a fun movie night escape.
Think outside the box and bring your backyard to life.
7. Dine Alfresco
Now who said that you had to live in Europe to dine al fresco? Amidst the pandemic, many restaurants have converted vacant parking spaces and have been creative about providing outdoor dining options to guests.
If you’re not ready to venture out to a restaurant just yet, just grab your favorite foods, a picnic basket, and picnic blanket and head to the beach or your favorite park.
8. Walk It Out
The weather is nice and walking is free, so you have no excuse not to lace up your sneakers and go walking wherever you choose.
Walking while window shopping or bird watching counts as walking too. Strap on your fitness tracker before you head out the door and get an extra boost of motivation to get those extra steps in. Getting healthy and fit is fabulous way to slay your summer staycation.
Tip: Be sure to wear the right walking shoes during walks so that it doesn’t do more harm than good.
9. Get Masked
I’m not talking about personal protection equipment. Taking time for yourself and including facials as part of your self-care routine is pampering at it’s best. Not only that, but wearing PPE in the form of masks can lead to acne and skin irritation due to friction and reusing dirty masks.
So practice good hygiene while mask wearing.
Also, using weekly facial masks according to your skin’s needs (hydrating, clarifying, anti-aging etc) is pampering, restorative and an easy way to slay.
10. Switch Things Up
Listen, none of us planned to spend our summer figuring out what “phase” we are in or how to entertain our kids when they haven’t seen their friends in forever.
But if you’re going to stay sane through this pandemic, you’re going to have to switch things up starting with mindset.
Living in the past is no way to move towards a positive future. Now is the time move into a new state of being for our “new state of being”. Convert that old room into a relaxation room that you can retreat to when the world has gone a bit off course.
Shop that going out of business sale because it’s been years since you’ve made any changes to your living space.
So “no” more so that you can start saying “yes” to yourself.
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If you’re still not convinced about having a staycation, read on for some benefits.
Benefits of a Staycation
- Save Money
- Minimal Travel
- No Kids Asking “Are We There Yet”
- No Flights to Miss
- No Baggage Fees
- Avoid Get Lag
- Visit Multiple Countries in One Day
So are you ready to slay your staycation? It’s time to “summer” in a whole new way.
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