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Why You Should Go on a Self-Care Getaway (and How to Plan One)

By Jennifer Scott

While you can start small with self-care, there is something to be said for an all-out vacation that’s centered on your mental health. But if you’re not sold on the idea, these facts courtesy of Wealth Attraction Research might help convince you. We’ll also cover how to plan a trip that checks all the boxes for your budget.

Planning Tip #1: Think Local to Make Things Simpler

If you don’t have a budget — or the patience — for a long-distance trip, think about taking a staycation instead. Sticking close to Pasadena can save you on flight and hotel expenses, and you’re bound to find a vacation rental that fits your tastes. Look for a rental that offers its guests professional cleaning services, day-and-night support, and a fully equipped kitchen so you can still cook healthy meals.

Planning Tip #2: Center Your Trip on Your Interests

Traveling the world can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful — and expensive. Therefore, the first step in planning your trip is centering it around your interests. Keep in mind that a lot of people plan vacations around weddings and other obligations, and 41 percent of them regret it later, says Forbes. You don’t want to spend your entire trip wishing you were doing something else — no matter how picturesque the destination. Organize your adventure around your hobbies — not someone else’s nuptials — and dedicate that time to finding yourself.

Benefit #1: Travel Can Enhance Your Outlook on Life

Wherever you travel on your self-care journey, you’ll reap the benefits of seeing more of the world. As Psych Central explains, traveling boosts your neuroplasticity, helping you be more creative and open-minded. The anticipation of taking a trip (and treating yourself) can also help those happiness-inducing endorphins get moving.

Benefit #2: Going It Alone Gives You Inner Peace

While there are some drawbacks to traveling alone, notes TripSavvy, one benefit is that you have plenty of time for self-reflection. Without the distractions of everyday life, you can concentrate on being the best version of yourself. That means doing what you enjoy, whether it’s lingering over a cup of tea for an entire afternoon or staying in bed and reading a book. Tending to your needs this way can enhance your feelings of calm and peacefulness — which is the entire point of embarking on a self-care getaway.

Benefit #3: Self-Care Relieves Stress

This benefit applies to both travel and day-to-day self-care, as treating yourself is an excellent stress reliever. By taking a refreshing trip that forces you to focus on your needs — and no one else’s — you’re relieving the pressures of family, friends, and society.

After all, vacation time is true ‘you’ time, as there are no timelines or schedules unless you want them. Adding physical self-care elements like a massage, skin treatment, or pedicure to your trip can also provide relief from the effects of physical stress.

Benefit #4: Vacation Mode Means More Rest

The demands of daily work and family life can mean you get little sleep. But in vacation mode, you’re more relaxed by default, and sleeping in is doable and encouraged. Although it might be tough to get your eight hours, getting ample rest is vital for maintaining your mental health.

Keep in mind that even short periods of sleep deprivation can have a huge impact on how you feel. It can also make you more susceptible to illness and poor decision-making. A brief trip may not be a cure-all for your insomniac tendencies, but it can help you get back on track.

An indulgent trip that focuses on your mental health may not solve all your problems, but it’s an excellent step toward boosting your mental wellness. The best part is, planning a self-care trip doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive — you don’t have to go far to make it happen.

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