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While it’s lovely to have a holiday to plan and look forward to, there are times when a couple of weeks away isn’t possible or convenient. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some of those restful and relaxing moments – and all without travelling very far!
Here are some of my favourite ideas for you to use if you’re not travelling this year or even if that holiday still feels a bit too far away…
PLAN AN EVENING TO YOURSELF
Some of those things that you save for best like gorgeous facemasks and natural candles, well it’s time to get them out of the cupboard and enjoy them! Plan an evening - or a couple of hours – to yourself. Surround yourself with relaxing aromatherapy scents while you enjoy a long soak or warm shower and then slather on that mask while reading your favourite magazine or book – sound good
PUT TOGETHER A PLAYLIST
Who doesn’t love a great playlist? Spend an hour putting together some of your favourite summer music, the songs that make you feel good the second that they start. As well as the upbeat feel good music try creating a list for some deeply relaxing tracks too – music used for meditation and yoga is deeply relaxing and is lovely to listen to in the evening or when you’re enjoying something creative.
CREATE AN AT-HOME RETREAT
This takes a little planning, but is so worth it. I love creating these and whether you have a weekend to yourself or a quiet afternoon they can be so very relaxing. Here’s a full guide to how I create them, including a planning workbook and some journaling prompts.
VISIT A NEARBY ATTRACTION YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TO BEFORE
Wherever you live, you’ll probably have a few local attractions nearby. It could be a theme park, a stately home, a forest…find out what is on your doorstep and plan a visit for the day.
ENJOY A PICNIC AT A LOCAL PARK
Most areas have a park nearby, and if you’re lucky you might even be close to a larger space where you can spend a few hours with a picnic and your favourite book. Spending time out in nature is one of the best ways of feeling calmer and more relaxed.
CHANGE YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
Well the old saying goes that a change is as good as a rest, and I agree. So, try making a few changes to your daily routine, eat something different for breakfast, leave a few minutes earlier and enjoy the quieter traffic, take lunch outdoors, read something new outside of your usual favourite authors, try some new recipes for dinner…the list goes on, but can you see my point? Routine is useful, but there’s nothing like a few changes to help everything feel a little less stagnant. So, how many small changes could you make?
CREATE A MEAL PLAN BASED ON A DIFFERENT CUISINE
This is a great way to feel like you’re away without getting on a flight. Will you visit Italy for homemade pizza, lasagne, and semifreddo for dessert? Maybe you will head to Malaysia for some Nasi lemak and goreng pisang (banana fritters) for dessert?
We all do this on holiday. So, if you can’t get away, why not treat yourself at home instead? Take some online yoga classes or maybe grab the latest holiday read and lose yourself in it while you enjoy a glass of your favourite wine.
PLAN AN OVERNIGHT BREAK
You might not be able to do this straight away, but could carve you out a night away later in the year. It needn’t involve going far or spending much, perhaps you could pack up the car and visit friends? Get creative and who knows what you could come up with!
UNPLUG FOR A WHILE
Even if you use your phone on holiday, chances are you use it less than you would at home. So, try using it a little less often. Putting it out of sight always helps or the habit to keep checking it will take over! Read more about the benefits of unplugging and how to get started.
So, was there anything there that you could try? I haven’t got plans for a getaway this year and so I’ll certainly be giving them all a go – I’ve already added a few books to my reading list and I love eating outdoors (even when the sun isn’t shining) and so I’ll definitely be doing more of that! Just a few simple changes and a little planning really can help to evoke those holiday feelings – whatever you decide to do – enjoy!
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.