Get the Most Out of Your Next Staycation

Have you been trying to take a well-deserved vacation that won’t break your budget?

Well, look no further, because there’s a way to do both from the comfort of your own home. The humble staycation is a great way to unwind and relax from the pressures of work, while still checking off some of those to-do list items that never seem to actually get done.

You don’t need an expensive vacation to engage in a little self-care. Here are a few of our recommendations on how to pamper yourself (and your personal space) during the summer months outside of work:

Vacation-worthy Dishes and Drinks

Seeing pictures of your friends’ European or tropical getaways on your social feed? You might be at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like you’re on a healthy spa vacation. Here are some new recipes to try:

spaghetti squash dinnerDinner: Chuck Gaidica’s Spaghetti Squash

Sometimes, seeing the delicious pasta dishes served across Italy can make you have serious food envy. However, there’s a smart way to substitute carb-heavy pasta in your favorite dishes with a healthy and mouthwatering alternative. The secret ingredient? Spaghetti squash.

Grilled pineapple with vanilla frozen yogurt on a plate.

Dessert: Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sauce and Frozen Vanilla Yogurt

Why go all the way to the tropics to get a fruity dessert and drink when you can create your own tasty concoction at home? Paired with a healthier vanilla yogurt, the pineapple in this treat will help lower blood pressure, protect against prostate cancer and more.

Drink: Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

You don’t need to go to a fancy bar to make a five-star drink from your own home. This healthier alternative to your standard cocktail will make you feel like you are at the beach.

Organize Your Home to Keep the Zen Vibes Going

While it might not sound thrilling to spend part of your vacay organizing, it will keep your mind clearer once your time off ends. Having a cluttered space can cause you to feel tired, depressed and stressed.

Maybe that’s why blank-slate hotel rooms are so relaxing in the first place – no stuff all over! Don’t spend all your time cleaning, but tackle a few projects on your days off so you head back into the workplace feeling accomplished. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Treat Yourself: Spa Day, Every Day

If you’re overworked and stressed out, it’s essential to take time to pamper and focus on yourself. During your staycation, venture to your favorite local salon or spa and book an appointment just for you. The feeling of being cared for can be beneficial and can actually be linked to getting more quality sleep, as well as needing fewer sick days.

Just want to stay home? Make these amazing DIY spa concoctions and pamper yourself in privacy.

What’s your favorite way to unwind on a staycation? Share with us in the comments. 

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