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The Beauty of Staycation. . .

October 11, 2009 - Joselyn King
O.K. I feel the need to de-stress. Where to find peace?

It doesn't matter what the day, there are always heart-stopping happenings around us. Some are worse than others, but one by one they weave themselves into the fabrics of our lives.

Sometimes it's just what is in the news. . . violence in Afghanistan intensifies, the threat of a pandemic looms upon us, breast cancer kills. . . you hear it all, I don't need to remind you.

And it you're not already feeling stress, it will find you. You or your family members have your own health problems, that work project has to be done, that brand new car you need to get you through life breaks down.

I'm guessing most people have found it's been a rough year.

Then . . aw. . .the beauty of staycation.

I know most people want to find a change of scenery when they get time off. But I can't help but wonder. . . as they rush through the daily routine of life . . . why people won't take the time to slow down and appreciate the home and hearth they don't often see when they finally get the chance?

A friend recently expressed much excitement about an upcoming trip to Europe -- as he probably should have. He loves to travel when he gets the chance.

"Did you get to sit out on your deck this year?" I asked him. I knew he had gone to much trouble, time and expense to craft a spectacular outdoor space.

"No, I work all the time," he said. "I did sit out there for about 15 minutes yesterday."

With all the chaos in the world, finding peace at home seems a bit in order.

I have my own tips for what is now being called a "staycation," or enjoying extended time off at home.

First, try to have your home cleaned up before you start -- even if it means spending some of that vacation money you were trying to save to get a professional to do it. You want an uninhibited environment, and to not work while you're at home.

A pre-staycation shopping trip is probably in order for such things as snack food, candles and bubble bath. Don't be afraid to pamper yourself.

And treat yourself, too. If you enjoy reading, find a great book and a place to do it. Go shopping, hunting . . .engage in your personal hobby.

Wanna' splurge? How about a massage from a qualified professional at a spa?

Block off some time with familiy members. Blast your favorite music while the neighbors are away.

And why not contact that friend from high school that you've been communicating with on FACEBOOK and arrange that dinner out at the Olive Garden.

Actually, eating out is a very good thing while on staycation. No dishes to wash.

With some time off this week, I'm open to any other ideas.

I realize it's going to be a little cool to have that breakfast on the porch, but maybe I'll sit outside later in the day.


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