Master the Art of the Staycation-Babymoon

How to feel rejuvenated and relaxed—without leaving the house.

woman relaxing in bathtub

A week-long babymoon to a new city isn't always possible (if only!), but a staycation can be just as relaxing, if not more.

A couple of years ago my husband and I decided to take a vacation trip from our home in California to Washington DC. The trip turned into a disaster from the start because when we arrived at our local airport in time for an 8:30 a.m. flight we found that it had been delayed, and delayed, and delayed. As a result, we missed all our other connections and finally arrived in Washington at 2 a.m. the next day! We were so jetlagged we couldn't leave our hotel room for 24 hours.

Here are six ways that you can feel relaxed and coddled without leaving home or spending a lot of money. You may not be able to find an entire day to be by yourself, but you can feel renewed anyway after only a few hours of self-indulgence. Just remember to turn off the phone before you get started.

1. Pamper Yourself

Create a spa experience for yourself. Relax in a bubble bath. Lounge around in comfortable clothes and sip your favorite mocktails and nibble on your preferred delicacies. You may even want to recline on some fancy pillows, put on some soothing music and meditate.

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2. Go to the Movies

Leave your cares behind for a while and drift into fantasyland. Indulge in watching movies that are special to you, the kind that others in your family think are silly or corny. I love to watch old Technicolor musicals like Gigi, Meet Me In St. Louis, or Lily. Sometimes I enjoy a good cry when the lovers part as in Now Voyager, a very old black and white picture. Now is the time to stream a show with your favorite stars or indulge in your favorite genre: mystery, sci fi, or romance, when others aren't near to interrupt you.

Another opportunity that you can take advantage of these days is binge-watching episodes of TV series that you either missed or want to watch again. Thanks to Netflix, or Hulu you can feast on whole seasons of dramas, soap operas or even reality shows that appeal to you. Don't forget the popcorn.

3. Dance at a Concert

Instead of watching entertainment, you may get more pleasure from listening. Thanks to iTunes, iPods and other technology, you can listen to almost anything that has ever been recorded by any musician living or dead. As you listen to your favorite band you might find yourself dancing around your house and singing along.

Turn on all the music of your favorite performer or musician. Listen to Broadway shows or the songs from film favorites. I have a CD of seven different artists performing the same classical piece and another of eight different versions of Pachelbels' Canon in D that can puts me into a wonderful trance.

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By Gloria Arenson

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