The “Staycation” is taking on a new meaning during this time of pandemic.  Although I am currently working from home, I still find it important to take a break from work from time to time. I had a nice staycation day this past week with plenty of relaxation and recharge. 

Normally I like to do a combination between travel and the staycation. I like to travel to have various adventures, see family and friends, and spend some time in the great outdoors.  While travel can be fun, sometimes it is far more relaxing to take a break from work right at home.  Ideally, I like to have at least a day off before I travel and a day off when I get back and before I go back to work. I have found this to be a healthy approach for my introverted soul.  Sometimes I may take a day or so off just to take a break from work and not have any big plans. I’m not sure why some people think this is strange.  I’ve gotten looks of pity when asked where I was going on vacation when I say “just staying at home.”  It can be the best vacation right at home.  You know what you like and what is best for you, so do what you need for yourself.

So at the time of this writing I have not been out of the house much for four months.  I am working full-time from home and only take an occasional trip to the grocery store and not much else.  Working from home has worked out well and I am very grateful to be working.  It has been so nice to not drive in traffic everyday and the walk from my bed to work is a matter of seconds.  I do have fewer work interruptions, but I do miss seeing my colleagues in person.  The technology to meet is amazing, but it does come with its own set of challenges and adjustments.  I am still very busy with work and meetings and working from home hasn’t changed this.  My wife and three kids are home all of the time, so the noise level can be too much at times.  It can be strange when I’m here working and my kids need something.  I have heard it said it is like you are home, but not home.  So while I love my job, I am still finding a little staycation to take a break from work and hangout with my family to be relaxing and recharging.

So normally in January I lay out my vacations for the year.  When I made my plans this January, I had no idea that the world would be falling apart and we would not be traveling this summer. I usually take time off as we have our birthdays in June and July and also for the July holiday.  When my scheduled vacations came, I was very disappointed that we would not be going anywhere.  However, I decided to keep my planned time off and take a needed break from work.  The days off turned out to be very relaxing and recharging.  Introverts naturally turn inward and need to give ourselves time for thinking and/or feeling.

Some of my favorite parts of a staycation:

  • I like to wake up naturally. I usually don’t sleep in too long, but I could.
  • I enjoy a more leisurely morning and not being in such a rush to get somewhere.
  • No packing and unpacking.
  • It is nice to be able to take care of projects at home that I have been putting off.
  • I like to be able to read if I choose and for as long as I want.
  • I can hang out with my wife and kids and not be stressed about what needs to get done for work.
  • I have some time to watch a movie or a show or two.
  • I can take some time to go deep in thought to philosophize about the meaning of life and strategize on how to make the world a better place.  I can also take some time to reflect on my own goals and dreams.
  • And best of all, I can do nothing if I choose!

Vacation or staycation?  It is up to you.  I believe that both are needed.  Just don’t let anyone tell you that it is strange to want some time off at home.  Do what you need and be strong!

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