Travelling can be very difficult for people who are suffering from fibromyalgia. For me, plane travel in particular is incredibly draining and leaves me feeling awful. At times, even car travel can be challenging. However, as someone who really enjoys the experience of travelling and exploring new places, not going anywhere at all can be detrimental to my mental health.
The thing– when you are ill– every day blurs into one. Let’s not overlook the fact that trying to feel better is pretty much a full-time job. There are routines and practises we need to follow that we know will help us in the long run but, day-to-day, life can get pretty boring! Each day can blur into the next and when that happens, time away can be just what we need. But with the challenges of chronic illness, you might be reluctant to do this. This is where a staycation can be a great choice– you can get the benefits of a holiday and you don’t need to go far to achieve them.
Recently I spent a weekend on the west coast of Scotland. It was two hours away from home and just what I needed. I went with my husband and two of our friends and I had a wonderfully relaxing weekend. We stayed at a hot tub lodge and I am now determined that I need a hot tub in my life!! It was bliss. Another benefit was the fact that we had no phone signal or internet so I could completely switch off and chill.
Here’s 5 ways a staycation could be beneficial:
Travelling is minimised
It goes without saying that the whole point of a staycation is to minimise the travel involved, which has obvious benefits to someone with fibromyalgia. You don’t even need to go far. You can even be a tourist in your home town and do things you wouldn’t usually do– explore new places and discover new things. If you do stay closer to home, be sure to switch off from daily stresses and make a change from your day-to-day routine. Like I said above, taking time away from social media and the internet was of real benefit to me.
A change of scenery
I touched on this briefly above– every day can feel exactly the same when you are ill. When this happens our minds can feel stagnant. We feel stuck in a rut and it can be really dull and boring. When we feel like this we can lose motivation and our mood can be negatively affected, which in turn will make us feel worse physically. Even if you spend the majority of your time on holiday resting, being in a different environment can give you a real boost. The key is choosing the right accommodation and I can absolutely recommend picking somewhere with a hot tub!!
Re-charging your batteries
Okay, there is no fooling anyone, a staycation is not going to miraculously fill you with energy when you suffer from chronic fatigue. However, if you tend to live each day pushing yourself beyond or near to your limits, you will certainly feel the benefits of living within your energy envelope for a while. In addition, a staycation will give your mind a boost and that in itself is very refreshing. Not only that but spending time with great people (or on your own if you prefer) is great for the soul and can be a good “pick-me-up”.
Life is demanding. We all have our own unique stressors and those are exactly what are working against you when you have chronic illness. Taking time away from them can not only be really beneficial to your health, but it can also help you to identify them. Sometimes we are unaware of the stressors in our lives and it’s not until we step away and take time out that we realise they are there. We can then put a plan in place to reduce them and feel better in the long-run. Do you need to escape from the pressures of everyday life?
It Can Cost Less
Going abroad is expensive. Staying closer to home doesn’t need to be. You save on air fare right away and accommodation doesn’t need to be expensive either. Check out the likes of Airbnb. I went as a group of 4 and because of that our lodge was really reasonably priced. When you go abroad, it also makes sense to go for a longer period of time but there’s a lot of value in weekend staycations.
Would you consider a staycation?