For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled traditional summer vacations. But you can still enjoy some rest and relaxation right at home—on a staycation! Taking time for yourself is an important way to recharge, reduce stress, and reconnect with people or activities you value—all of which can help anyone struggling with mental health issues or problem gambling. Here are a few easy ways to make the most of your staycation:
Experiencing nature, even if it’s only in your own backyard, is often part of summer vacation. Fresh air, sunshine, and greenery can be calming. If you can’t leave your home, consider bringing some of the outside in with fresh plants or flowers. This can be an affordable way to brighten up your space and possibly help purify the air and relax you.
Be a foodie
Indulging in a delicious meal or two is a common vacation favorite. Treat yourself by ordering in a special meal or cooking a new recipe. If you live with others, getting together for a leisurely dinner with good conversation can be a way to bond.
Finish or start a project
Whether it’s tackling a home improvement project or beginning a new hobby, using your time to get to work can make you feel accomplished and energized. Be careful not to take on too much, as that can be overwhelming and turn your staycation from restful to stressful.
This can mean a lot of different things to different people—but it’s all about doing more of what makes you happy and healthy. For some, that may mean giving family and friends a call, finishing that new tv series, or taking a nap. Use your staycation for much-deserved self-care.
Stay on track
For those working toward recovery from problem gambling, a change in routine or more downtime may increase anxiety or urges to gamble. Be sure to continue any treatment efforts and reach out to a loved one, counselor, or support service for help when you need it, even during a staycation.
For information on responsible gambling practices, visit BeforeYouBet.org.