Maximize Your Stay-Cation

By Carolyn Holan

While some may say that a vacation definitely beats a stay-cation, stay-cations can actually be a fantastic time! Here are some ways to have the best possible stay-cation this upcoming spring break.

Bake!

Who doesn’t love baked goods? Whether you are just learning to make chocolate chip cookies or are a master of macaroons, baking is lots of fun and there are always more recipes out there to try!

Learn to play an instrument!

Maybe you have a piano, guitar, or other instrument in your house that no one plays much anymore and you want to give it a go. Or, maybe you have put off your piano practice due to a busy schedule (like me). Either way, this is a great time to try and make some music!

Read the books you have been putting off!

I know with all the reading we have for school, it can sometimes be hard to find time for your own reading. That’s why spring break is a great time to start all of those books you want to read!

Make some art!

Even if you are not artistically inclined, art is a great activity for everyone. You could try painting, drawing, crafting, or even jewelry making! The possibilities are really endless!

Volunteer!

Had enough me time? Make someone else’s day by volunteering.

Get outside!

With April approaching, hopefully the weather over break will be warming up. After being sequestered indoors all winter, biking, hiking, running, or just hanging out outdoors is a great way to spend your time!

Bird watch!

Another fun way to spend time outside is by picking up a hobby that involves being outdoors. While I have never tried bird watching myself, it sure sounds like a lot of fun!

Knitting!

Knitting is a fun and rewarding activity- just ask Ms. Armstrong!

Explore Cleveland!

Even if you’ve been in Cleveland for a while, there are always new parts of town to explore. Try visiting Hingetown, for example!

Learn calligraphy!

Step up your handwriting game this spring break and impress your peers and teachers when you return to school.

Yoga!

Yoga is a fabulous way to unwind or build strength. If you’re a beginner yogi, try your hand at a basics class or a meditation class. If you’ve been practicing for a bit, try a vinyasa class or a power class! Or, if you’re a pro, leading your own practice at home is easy and definitely less expensive.

Organize yourself!

If you’re anything like me, your backpack and room might have felt the effects of the stresses of school and life in general. Take time to clean up and get situated before heading back to school. This way, you get a fresh start and feel put together heading into the last part of second semester.

Make some bath products!

If you have time and some ingredients like Epsom salts, essential oils, or coconut oil, try your hand at making some bath products! Or, you could even DIY a facemask!

Cooking!

If sweets aren’t your thing, maybe cooking is your calling. Try an easy recipe like mac and cheese, or maybe you could make a whole feast!

Regardless of how you decide to spend your time, stay-cations can be lots of fun and a great time to reset after a stressful few months. So, if you don’t have any big plans this year, make sure to make the most of your time at home!