Why You Need a Staycation This Easter Weekend
The life of an Afropolitan can get stressful. There’s always something to do — deadlines at work, family engagements, community participation, errands, maybe work assignments, and even more deadlines — that the things that really need doing can easily get neglected. Are you guilty of putting yourself towards the very bottom of your to-do list?
In the past few years, the term “self-care” has seen a rise in use. In its simplest form it means just that: taking care of the self. A more difficult level of self-care is practising to say “NO”. Turning down invitations that don’t work for you and putting yourself higher on your to-do list all form part of this practice.
Self-care means setting yourself a cut-off time from answering work emails each evening; choosing a night in with your current read over a night out with friends if you’re not in the mood. It’s just choosing yourself over the noise and too many obligations. They will still be there after you’ve recharged.
So, Afropolitans, with a four-day weekend right around the corner, it seems only right that you take a “staycation”. Never heard of it? A staycation is low-maintenance version of a vacation. You don’t have to think about flights, packing or how that will affect your children or work schedule or partner or sleep patterns.
A staycation can take the form of an extended date night where you get an overnight babysitter, go on your date, check into a lovely hotel room and make it back home in time for the children’s mid-morning snack. This way, none of the rhythms of your home are disturbed but you still get the benefits of a night to yourself.
Sometimes a staycation doesn’t even require a change of location, just an adjustment of your state of mind and attitude. Here’s a quick guide to having a staycation without leaving the comfort of your home. That’s right, if you have kids and a partner, send both over to grandma and grandpa this weekend and recharge for a day or two.
Step one: Switch off your phone. Trust us on this one: the phone has got to go.
Step two: Get very comfortable. You decide what comfort means to you: is it sweatpants or no pants?
Step three: Set the mood. Cook (or order) yourself a great meal, chill your drink, ready your book, PVR, game console, magazines or blogs.