Whether it’s doing a de-clutter; cleaning out the fridge or mowing the lawns, consider the tasks you’d normally tick off before a holiday and knock them over.
“We can get switched into ‘chore mode’ if we haven’t prepared the space,” says Mitchell, who is the founder of St Kilda’s iconic Aurora Spa and facilitates its online Daily Rituals To Reduce Stress course.
“Whenever I usually go on holiday, I’ve cleaned my fridge, the bins are clean and anything has gone to the op shop that is no longer needed. You have that line in the sand where you are committed to leaving, so do the same things that create that boundary for you.”
You could even try rearranging your furniture to give your home a resort vibe – could you park a comfy armchair in a sunny window; set up a yoga corner or add some new plants and candles to up the zen?
Think like a tourist
Many of us have travelled to far flung corners of the globe, but hardly seen the beauty hiding in our own neighbourhoods.
Kick off your summer break by checking out your local area on TripAdvisor or AirBnB to see what outsiders love about your suburb.
“Explore a nearby walking trail, pack a picnic to take to a local park or walk different streets in your neighbourhood,” suggests Chelsea Healey, Luxury Escapes’ Head of Brand and Community and seasoned experience creator.
“You could take turns with your family or friends to plan day trips, driving to the beach one day and planning a hike in a national park the next.”
You might not be able to munch on a banh mi in a Hoi An bakery or a cacio e pepe on the cobblestones of Rome right now, but you can wow your tastebuds with some new recipes or take-out.
“Transport yourself through food and wine,” Healey suggests. “Put on some iconic music from that destination, pour a glass of a local wine varietal and switch out the TV for some scenic videos. We may totally reinvent our bucket lists after inspiring ourselves during this period.”
It’s worth remembering that we often return from holidays bloated and craving vegetables, so staying at home can also be a real opportunity to nourish yourself for the year ahead.
“Buy some ingredients you may not have used before – perhaps you soak some grains or experiment with a new salad dressing,” Mitchell suggests.
Indulge your senses
A memorable trip will usually tickle all of your senses, so consider what smells, tastes, sights, sounds and textures you could incorporate into your staycation to stimulate you.
“Try to have a new sensory experience every day, whether you recreate a cocktail from a dream destination or eat from a restaurant you have never been to or meditate in the park,” Mitchell says.
“We have this opportunity to really bring in our sense of mindfulness and when we can cultivate and develop this mindfulness, it gives us an ability to feel more peaceful wherever we are.”
And if a day spa session is on your holiday must-have list, Mitchell says that even if you can’t book a treatment, there are lots of lovely ways to pamper yourself at home.
“Pull on a robe, light a new candle, try a new playlist, make avocado face masks and drop some essential oil on the floor of your shower so you can inhale the aroma,” she says.
Build a relaxing ritual
When it comes to the day-to-day, try and approach your days like you would on holiday.
“Slip into holiday mode and set up your daily routine like you would on a holiday,” says Healey.
“Sleep in, cook a late breakfast or go out to a café, read all afternoon and go for long walks in the evening around your neighbourhood.”
Mitchell is a big believer in small, sustainable habits of self care to help us keep stress at bay, so suggests using the time at home to consider some healthy daily rituals you could implement to see you through the working year.
“You might have always thought of trying meditating or yoga but never had time for it,” says Mitchell.
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