A Break for the Budding Entrepreneur – The Staycation!

If you have just recently started your new career, you might be feeling the stress of it all coming down hard. It takes a lot of patience, drive, and perseverance to make a business take off. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break to relieve the stress of it all now.

Or, perhaps you have been at it a while, but just don’t seem to be getting anywhere. You don’t want to give up, but you feel stuck. It might be that you need a little break from it all to rejuvenate and come back with a fresh mind.

Most people who have started their own business, have done so right out of the gate from the 9-5 madness, yet don’t have the income coming in now. It’s no wonder why some have stalled in the beginning, or are feeling the stress of making it work.

There is a way to take the needed break, without taking a lot of time, or money. Introducing, the ‘staycation’.

What is a Staycation?

The poor economy has spawned a new trend, called the ‘staycation’. It’s taking a vacation, without leaving the area. It is becoming a very popular alternative to packing up and leaving for extended periods of time.

One reason is due to cost. But, the other is because it is difficult to completely leave your town due to a sick family member, kids are in school, or you can’t find anyone to watch the pets. We had to cancel a vacation once due to our dog coming down with kennel cough before we even boarded him. Odd, I know. But, it gave me great inspiration to find things to do at home that felt like a vacation.

It could be filled with the things you enjoy doing the most, anything from cooking gourmet meals with a new all Clad stainless cookware set to pampering with therapeutic spa treatments. It just depends on what you enjoy doing.

Read on to learn what you can do to make the most of a staycation.

Turn Your Home into a Spa Retreat

There are two options to getting pampered with massages. First, you can go to the spa and have a day of pampering. This is nice, but you are interacting with other people who are there waiting and getting services done. There is nothing wrong with that. But, perhaps a true break would be to not be around other people for a while.

Hire a traveling massage therapist to come to the home. They will bring their table and supplies, so you don’t have to worry about that. I arranged one for a friend of mine who wasn’t feeling up to getting out in public due to some depression after an illness.

Set the mood with some candles and soft lighting, along with some light therapeutic music playing in the background. It will not feel like you are in your own home, if you set it up right.

Family Cycling Adventure

Get the family out on an all day cycling adventure, with adding a scavenger hunt in for fun. The kids will love it, and it can help to rejuvenate both the mind and body. I like to do mini scavenger hunts throughout the neighborhood, because my kids are quite young yet.


Pack a picnic lunch to take to the park. Make sure to bring the Frisbee and a ball to toss around as well. Getting some fresh air and playing around with the kids can go a long way in boosting the spirits.

That, and the kids will sleep well that night, so you can watch a movie in the dark with some popcorn, without interruptions.

Host a Family Field Day

Have some friends and family over for a field day in the back yard. Grilling out is always a fun time, especially with others. Make sure to have some games that the kids will enjoy such as:

  • Potato sack race
  • Golf Frisbee
  • Tag
  • Obstacle course

This will allow you to spend some time with others, not spend a lot of money, and get some fresh air at the same time.

Host a Party

I know, for some people it sounds like work. And, it is. But, I happen to really enjoy planning and hosting a party. I love to cook and decorate for it, as well as enjoy the company. I actually find it therapeutic at times.

It could be a themed party, such as a Hawaiian luau. Themed parties are a great way to get your creative juices flowing. I once through a ‘tornado party’, because I got tired of all the traditional themed parties. I turned the furniture upside down, pictures on the wall were tilted, lights out, fans blowing, and served food out of tin cans and plates. It was a huge hit, but it also was fun planning it.

Travel the World

No, I don’t mean literally. You can plan a week of touring various places through homemade meals. Each night of the week could be a specific theme with both the food and the decor. You could do Italian, French, Hawaiian, Greek, and Mexican.

Great ideas can be found on the Internet to carry these themes out. For example, I was Googling “Emile Henry cookware reviews” when I saw a pot that reminded me of the Dutch, which grew my curiosity of Dutch cooking. You could also walk down the ethnic isle at your local grocers for ideas.

In Closing

I have shared just a few ideas on how to take a break, without going on an expensive trip. You can get inspired by the staycation enough to get material to boost your career, as well as spend some quality time with the family. And, that’s what a break is all about it, isn’t it?