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|12 Apr|5 mins

Staycation, Here We Come

How to have the very best of times without leaving your home turf
Elle Glass
12 Apr
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History class – and a little subsequent reading since – taught us that in ancient Rome, leisure was an art to be mastered.
Leisure, these days though, is slightly harder to attain. Even though self-care has become quite the buzz word of late, few of us pay it little more attention than just lip service.
There’s always a deadline or a date and pressing pause - well, it just doesn’t work with the schedule.
In How Much is Enough Robert and Edward Skidelsky argue that the drive to bring home the bacon, to do more, to be better, has left us lacking in the how-to leisure department.
We find ourselves at work, or getting ready to work, or going to work, or recharging for yet another work day. You know the drill.
But to take leisure, like really take leisure is something we need to practise. Hitting a yoga class in the hope of toning? Not leisure, according to the Skidelskys. Neither is your daily run in hope of upping your fitness.
You have to do it just because.

A staycation might be the perfect way to hit reset – plus, with the Easter break coming up, closely followed by ANZAC day, it’s a great opportunity to save on that annual leave.
Here’s our checklist for a little down time.

Take a break from social
Say sayonara to Instagram, Facebook and whatever else is your go-scroll, if only for half a day.

Advice
|12 Apr|5 mins

Staycation, Here We Come

How to have the very best of times without leaving your home turf
Elle Glass
12 Apr
Share:

History class – and a little subsequent reading since – taught us that in ancient Rome, leisure was an art to be mastered.
Leisure, these days though, is slightly harder to attain. Even though self-care has become quite the buzz word of late, few of us pay it little more attention than just lip service.
There’s always a deadline or a date and pressing pause - well, it just doesn’t work with the schedule.
In How Much is Enough Robert and Edward Skidelsky argue that the drive to bring home the bacon, to do more, to be better, has left us lacking in the how-to leisure department.
We find ourselves at work, or getting ready to work, or going to work, or recharging for yet another work day. You know the drill.
But to take leisure, like really take leisure is something we need to practise. Hitting a yoga class in the hope of toning? Not leisure, according to the Skidelskys. Neither is your daily run in hope of upping your fitness.
You have to do it just because.

A staycation might be the perfect way to hit reset – plus, with the Easter break coming up, closely followed by ANZAC day, it’s a great opportunity to save on that annual leave.
Here’s our checklist for a little down time.

Take a break from social
Say sayonara to Instagram, Facebook and whatever else is your go-scroll, if only for half a day.

via Instagram @brooketestoni

Take yourself on a date
Go to the movies by yourself. Hit the art gallery. Do something just because.

Treat yo’self
(Thank you Parks & Recreation.) Treat yourself with something nourishing though. Think a massage or really delicious dinner

via Instagram @jasminedowling

DIY Resort
Or, if you don’t have to shell out for a spa day, why not DIY? Go full. Mask – hair and face – spend a little time filing your nails and take some Epsom salts for a nice, long bath.

Slow cook
Be it ahead of a long lunch or just stocking up your freezer, taking the time to cook something, well, takes time is a great way to slow down. No instant noodles.

Day nap
This is the best present you can give yourself. Schedule a daily afternoon siesta

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