When our children were in their teenage years, and I was traveling a great deal for business, I was a devoted staycation fan. For me, travel and vacation often don’t provide the relaxation I crave in a world of non-stop deadlines. Apparently, many people agree with me because staycations are making a huge comeback as people make their homes havens, providing them with the down time we all need to re-energize our souls.

 

 

Here are a few tips to help you make your home staycation ready.

Make your home entertainment-ready for your family. Do you already have a space that’s devoted to family entertainment? Whether your family enjoys gaming or watching special movies, it’s easy to set up a space that’s both welcoming and functional. TVLiftCabinets are excellent cabinets that allow you to have everything you need in one space. Whether you stream all your movies, need storage for favorite DVDs or need space for all the gadgets gamers require for a great experience, TVLiftCabinet has you covered. It’s almost like staying at a high-end hotel, with tons of amenities.

Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to them. Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, keeping in mind that "not at all" is always an option.

Do an “out of the office” message for your e-mail. Say you won't be checking your e-mail till you're back from vacation. Then, don’t turn it on until your staycation is complete.

 

Set the mood for relaxation. Place fresh flowers throughout your home. Dim the lights. Pick up some lovely soy candles with relaxing scents. According to Sleep.org, the best scents for relaxation are lavender, vanilla, valerian and jasmine. Ahhh.

 

 

Check out local events and plan a day trip. One thing you need to be careful to avoid is to overschedule yourself or your family. But there are often interesting things (special events, museums, art shows, etc.) happening within 30-60 miles of your home that might be fun to explore.

Enjoy your staycation (and maybe, just maybe, this year you should plan to take a few more). What a perfect way to relax at home.