• Emily Miller

Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

Depending on where you are in the world, you may or may not still be under stay-at-home directives or under quarantine. In some regions, regulations are relaxing and you may be able to travel – even if it’s limited. In other areas, it is still strongly recommended that you remain sheltered. Wherever you are, a good rule of thumb is still to wear a facemask and stay six feet apart whenever necessary.

Understandably, many of us are feeling dejected because our summer plans and vacation were put on hold or canceled altogether. However, it’s vital that you still take a break – even if it is just a long weekend – regardless of your travel. Taking more than just a weekend to decompress from your job and the stress of the coronavirus is crucial to your mental and physical well-being, as well as your work/life balance! Here are some simple ideas for things you can do at or near home this summer:

  • Have a Spa Day – Whether it’s time in the tub, facemasks (the pore-cleansing kind), a mani/pedi or just sipping wine with cucumbers over your eyes – treat yourself to some rest and relaxation.

  • Movie Night! – Maybe it’s a Star Wars marathon, or watching all of your favorite scary movies, the point is to curl up on the couch with popcorn and without a care.

  • Zoom Cook-Off – Grab a group of friends and have everyone gather the same ingredients, then cook together! Whether it’s a friendly competition or you all enjoy the same recipe tutorial, spend some time with friends and eating something delicious food for a true break.

  • Go Camping – For some of us this will mean pitching a tent in the backyard, for others it could mean you are able to socially distance at a campground or park. Regardless, spend some time outdoors and eat some s’mores by a fire or candle.

  • Exercise – Exercise and fitness don’t have to mean a jog outside or a session at the gym. Try some at-home yoga and meditation or go take a hike to help your mind and body feel better.

There are a number of ways to make the most of your time off. Vacations don’t always mean a trip, and that’s sadly true now more than ever. Try taking a break from emails, social media and maybe even Netflix – whatever you do, make time for you! The work/life balance is a vital part of life and it's your job as leaders and employees alike to model the kind of employee experience you wish to see. Use this novel time to come up with novel solutions, what are you doing to improve your work/life balance this summer?