How to Cope with the Not-On-Vacation Blues

How to Cope with the Not-On-Vacation Blues

It’s the end of January and the kids have already had five snow days.  We’ve also just had back-to-back 2-hour delays because of an ice storm…gotta love winters in New England! This is the time I start getting vacation fever and daydream about sunshine and sand castles.  So, what do you do when you’ve got the not-on-vacation-blues?  Here are some ways I cope:

Have a quickie.

Ok…get your mind out of the gutter…I mean a quickie vacation! Plan a weekend getaway and stay in a hotel for a night or two.  Pretend you are somewhere far away and swim, order room service, or do absolutely nothing.  A change of environment can make all the difference. 

Start planning

Research says that simply planning your next destination can create happiness.  Planning your next adventure will give you something to look forward to and can get you through those rainy, cold days.

Spa day

When you’re lying face down in a dimly lit room, covered by a soft blanket, surrounded by relaxing music, it’s easy to dream you’re somewhere exotic.  Try a new treatment that will remind you of travel like a coconut oil massage or a sea salt scrub. 

Embrace the season

I get antsy during winter.  I have a love/hate relationship with Mother Nature and winter really tests our friendship.  I try to find the fun in winter by snowmobiling, tubing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing.  If I force myself to get outside and stop complaining I actually have fun.

Complete a home project

Take this time to finish those projects you’ve been putting off.  Or, in my case, nag your husband until he finally finishes off projects you’ve wanted him to do.  (You should see my new barn door!  Great job Babes!)

Day trip

Pretend you’re a tourist and head somewhere for the day to do some exploring! Take a tour, go to a museum, try a new restaurant, go to an attraction you’ve always wondered about.  A break from your normal routine can make all the difference in your mood!  For more tips, check out my How to Plan the Perfect Staycation.


How do you get over the not-on-vacation-blues?



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