Will you and your family be enjoying a staycation these December holidays? The VAT increase, combined with extreme fuel price hikes this year, have impacted negatively on all of our monthly budgets, and so a holiday at home may be just what your wallet (and you) need to unwind.

What’s great about a staycation is that you get to sit back, relax and put your feet up without having to pack your bags, pack the car or worry about traffic on the way to your usual summer holiday destination.

To really enjoy a staycation though, it’s important to plan ahead, the same as you would for any other vacation. This way you get to fit in all the activities you want to do while still allowing for some chilled days off in-between. You don’t want to go back to work in the New Year feeling like you haven’t had a holiday, you want to feel like you’ve really had a break from the norm and did something other than your regular work and home routine allows for.

Remember, this December the school holiday is shorter – starting on 12 December and going back on 9 January.

Here are five things you can do during your staycation to keep the time cruising:

1. Catchup
Life so often gets in the way and before we know it we’ve missed important opportunities to do the things that make us happy, and another year has passed us by.

What have you missed out on most this year? Time with friends, reading, spending time in nature or keeping up with your favourite tv programmes?

Find out which of your friends will be around over the holidays and make firm plans to spend time together. (There’s a lot to be said about the health benefits of good conversation, laughing out loud and sharing memories with good friends.)

Make a list of the books you want to read over the holidays, and if they are not already on your bookshelf or gathering dust on your bedside table, make a plan to get them in time for the holiday from your local bookstore or library.

If nature is your thing, organise where you want to go, when you want to go, and what you will need.

2. Declutter
If it doesn’t bring you happiness, or you don’t use it, get rid of it! Decluttering your home and getting more organised room by room, creating tidy spaces, is said to benefit our overall wellbeing. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) said: “Removing tolerations (clutter, household chores or unfinished projects) from your daily life can help restore your energy by giving you some breathing room and a sense of personal satisfaction.”

3. Be a tourist
Have you ever pretended to be a tourist in your own home town? Visit your local tourist office or visit the South African Tourism website to discover all that your own backyard has to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised!

4. Take on a project
Build that treehouse for the kids or kit out that corner in the garage with a workbench for all your DIY projects. A fun (and healthy) idea for the whole family is to make a vegetable garden patch at home. You will all enjoy the fresh produce of your labour for the year to come.

Take note that December is Prevention of Injuries Month, so make sure to work safe and keep your First Aid kit up to date. Visit your local Link pharmacy to find out what essentials you need to make up your First Aid kits at home and in the car.

5. Learn something new
What have you always wanted to learn, but never had the time? Perhaps now is the time to take up a new hobby, learn a new language, or get social and join a cooking class.

Let this December staycation give you the time you need to take stock, consolidate, rejuvenate and get organised for an amazing 2019!




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