10 ways to love your ‘staycation’


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10 ways to love your ‘staycation’ (or how to turn your home into a holiday retreat)!

Not getting away this summer? Never mind, you can still create your own holiday at home with these top tips for re-creating that relaxing vibe! 

  1. de-clutter

Clean, tidy and purge your house first. Get rid of additional ‘stuff’, or store it away. Your environment needs to be conducive to the clear mind and relaxed mood you wish to create.

  1. fresh air

On glorious summer days, open up your doors and windows and flush your home with fresh air, and remember to stop and take a few calming deep breaths to put yourself in a wellness-mindset.

  1. plants

Get some more indoor plants. Not only are they beautiful, they have a calming effect, can help improve our mood, and help purify the air by removing toxins.

  1. unplug

Plan some extended time away from all screens – TVs, computers, phones, etc. Switch off, hide them away (“out of site, out of mind”), and be strict with yourself! Switch off Wi-Fi and power points to limit electromagnetic radiation in your home (and especially in your bedroom when sleeping).

  1. haven

Create yourself a relaxing haven – indoors or out – so you can have your own little “chill-out zone” away from it all. It could just be a comfy chair in a quiet spot in the garden, a corner of a room with some cushions, or your bathroom so you can soak in the tub. Natural light or candles, perhaps essential oils or incense, ambient music or the sounds of nature, neutral tones or a splash of colour… it’s up to you!

  1. relax

Prioritise your time to indulge in some more relaxing activities that you might only ever do on holiday – read a copy of Junkies magazine cover-to-cover in one sitting, get into a few chapters of that novel that’s been by your bedside for months, hand-write a letter to a friend, contemplate life and write down your thoughts, crochet or knit…what do you wish you could do that you never get time to?

  1. nurture

Ensure you make some time to nurture your physical and mental wellbeing too. Maybe by doing some yoga outdoors, meditating in your new Zen-space, getting a visit from a massage-therapist at home, or pampering yourself with a DIY facial.

  1. water

As the temperature rises, remember to drinks lots of water, drape a drenched-scarf around your neck, soak your feet in a bucket of cool water, add lavender oil to a spray bottle for a scented-mist, or invest in a calming and cooling water feature (or just be creative with the sprinkler or hose for a bit – but please check your local water restrictions first).

  1. food

Eat loads of local, fresh, seasonal, organic produce. Serve yourself a green-smoothie in a daiquiri glass. Eat smaller meals. Avoid using the oven and stove if possible – cook outdoors on the BBQ instead so you don’t heat up your house – and please check your local conditions for total-fire-ban days.

  1. live outside

Create an outdoor ‘alfresco’ area for your meals – it could include a pergola, grapevines and fairy lights or simply be a picnic-rug under a shady tree. Consider sleeping outside on a balmy evening – pitch a tent, or camp out on the verandah, or sleep under the stars… it will feel like you’re a world away!

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This article was first published in the printed edition of Junkies magazineIssue 4 Summer/Dec 2014. Haven’t heard about Junkies magazine yet? Find out more here!

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  1. Susan Nethercote on January 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I feel more relaxed just reading this Talina, all such great ideas! Thanks, I’m off to have a Green smoothie in a Daiquiri glass :-) xx

    • talinaedwards on January 9, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Ooh love the idea of getting out the cocktail glasses for everyday drinks such as espresso martini – ahem, I mean chai anyone?! ;o)

  2. marknethercote on January 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Love the staycation imagery. :)

    • talinaedwards on January 9, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Mark! Do you have any suggestions to add to how we can be more stress-free in our daily-routines? Because really, that’s what it comes down to.

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