De-stressing activities for your next staycation
Wednesday 15th December, 2021 by hostandstay
Your accommodation is booked, transport arranged, and bags packed – now it’s time to finally relax.
Staycations – and holidays in general – were made for taking a step back from the trials and tribulations of ‘real life’ and truly unwinding; a time to leave behind work calls, housework and the general busy-ness of reality.
But if you still want to fill your time on your getaway and have some plans in place, here are our top de-stressing activities to do on your next staycation…
Take a trip to the spa
Whether you opt for a treatment, or a day simply lounging by the jacuzzi sipping on your drink of choice, nothing quite says ‘relaxation’ like a day at the spa, tucked away from the real world.
And the great part is, with so many out there, you’re sure to find a fantastic range to choose from in any region around the country.
Spend time in the great outdoors
Getting outdoors is a great way to de-stress and let go of any niggling worries or pressures – and that’s not just our opinion, it’s scientifically-proven.
In fact, studies have found that spending time in nature can lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and improve our overall mood.
It’s also been known to help with mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.
Take a stroll down the beach, breathing in the fresh sea air and feeling the sand between your toes; surround yourself with nature and head out on a hike through nearby woods or forests; or spend the day playing games and enjoying a picnic in a local park. Whichever way you choose to soak up some vitamin D and green space, it’s guaranteed to help you unwind.
Have a laugh
There’s a reason why there’s the old saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ – it’s a potent endorphin and serotonin releaser, meaning that when we have a chuckle, feel-good chemicals are released into our brain.
By getting together for a good giggle with friends, family and loved ones during your staycation, you’re actively sending happy hormones to your brain and, therefore, improving your mood and lowering stress.
If you prefer your laughter and fun to be more organised, why not head to a comedy show or performance near to your holiday home? The Ticketmaster Comedy Guide page is a great place to start, as are local comedy clubs for smaller stand-up shows.
Pick up a paintbrush
In a similar fashion, being creative has also been proven to have a positive impact on the hormones in our brain.
Dopamine – a neurotransmitter that is usually low in people with anxiety, depression and excessive stress – is increased in those with creative outlets, making us feel happier. Studies have shown that the mere act of creating art can significantly minimise negative mood and anxiety, which can be caused by stress.
Don’t worry – you don’t need to be the next Picasso or Van Gogh to feel the benefit. Ability has no impact on the level of good hormones that are released.
And it doesn’t matter what your chosen art form is either. Whether you’d rather take craft supplies along for the ride with you and pick up a paintbrush, take part in a pottery class or simply do some colouring in with the kids and their books, it’s all going to have a positive impact on your mood.
We understand that you might not want to take part in your usual exercise routine or be slogging out at the gym while you’re on staycation, but even mild exercise is a great way to de-stress and let go.
When we’re stressed or wound-up, our bodies tend to automatically tense up and become stiff. A few yoga stretches from the comfort of the holiday cottage, or even a pilates class if you feel inclined, will relieve that tension and help de-clutter your mind.
Quick bursts of exercise, like a few rounds of jumping jacks or short jog, are also known to activate those positive neurotransmitters we’ve mentioned previously, helping to improve your mood.
Or head out on a walk – you’ll get the benefits of both nature and exercise combined into one, making it a doubly de-stressing activity!
Take your hobby with you
The beauty of a staycation – where you’re free from limited baggage, transport and country-to-country regulations – is that you can quite easily take your hobby with you, or at least find the equivalent nearby!
Leisure activities and hobbies are a wonderful way to relieve stress, but, due to the pressures of work, childcare and everyday life, we’re often unable to enjoy them fully at home.
If you’re a keen swimmer, look up the nearby pool to your accommodation, or holiday cottages with pools are aplenty.
Or if knitting is more your thing, pack your needles (without the worry of being pulled up by airport security) and get cracking on that scarf you’ve been working on.
If you’re looking for your next relaxing getaway, we have a range of high-end holiday homes to help you unwind – check them out here.