Leadership · Mental Health · Organization · Self love

The Ultimate Guide to your Self Care Staycation

Self care is going main stream and I’m here for all of it!

My only complaint is that the things we’re seeing with #selfcare attached is either all about salon days and shopping sprees. DO NOT MISTAKE ME – I live for salon days. I’m a girl’s girl through and through, but I also know that self care is way more than LOOKING good. First and foremost, self care is about FEELING good. Taking care of your mind and body.

We live in a world that demands so much of our time and energy to just live. Self care has to start with making sure we aren’t working ourselves into a panic attack (been there and it is not fun for anyone.)

For me, what that looks like is a good old fashioned veg day. I learned this from my uncle growing up. I must have gotten his “I can’t sit still” gene because all I ever need is a veg day to get back up and keep goin’. A veg day is what we now call a Staycation, which sounds much more fun and cute so we’re rolling with that. So without further delay, let’s prepare you for your first Staycation.

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  1. Prep. The anatomy of any good Staycation for me starts the week before – I do a good, deep clean in my little apartment. Let me tell you I DO NOT DO ANYTHING I DON’T WANT TO DO on my veg days. The last thing I want to do is clean my apartment before I can enjoy it. So here is a short list of what I clean so that I can enjoy my day! (working on a detailed list to share soon!)
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2. Communicate that you’re taking a day to yourself. I am pretty active in my community and I tend to fill my calendar with events and meet ups to keep up with my friends and family, so I also try to prepare by letting people know that I’m taking a day to myself. Just a short and sweet message saying,

“I’ll be unavailable this Saturday, so I’ll be turning off my phone. If there’s an emergency, please text Jeremy to reach me!”

3. I go buy everything I’ll need for the day.
Food. I buy food.

Most days, I treat myself to delicious take out that I try not to have during the week.

The rest is really up in the air. Sometimes I need to sleep all day and not feel guilty about it, sometimes I venture out to a family BBQ that I WANT to go to, (Let’s be honest, some family events are obligatory and you don’t go to those during your Staycation) and sometimes I park it on the couch and watch movies while I craft!

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However self care looks to you, make sure that you prioritize it. You are the most important person in your life; never forget that.

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Here is a list of ideas for a self care Staycation!

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The photos in this blog post and used in my graphics were taken by
Monique Josephine Photography.

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