The sweetness of staying put
Deena Kara Shaffer
“Unfortunately, in these times of coping with and sheltering in a pandemic,” says Linda Graham, MFT, author of Bouncing Back and Resilience (New World Library, 2013 and 2018), “getting away” to regroup and renew may be more restricted at the very time we need that break from worry and pressure—that dreamed-of vacation—more than ever. “How do we get away from it all without going somewhere? “Staycations help us recover much needed perspective about the inherent goodness of life and reclaim our own courage in dealing with it,” says Graham. Graham adds, “Even if finances or physical mobility are limited, even if it’s a challenge to carve out a private space or a quiet time in a home full of other people and important projects, staycations provide a moment of respite from daily pressures and uncertainties. “Staycations renew our hope for the future in times when that hope is most needed.” Should you stay or should you go? While staying put has its own rewards, heading a little farther afield might be worth considering as COVID restrictions allow. Being sure to engage in careful planning, research, and discussions with travel partners/family will go a long way toward a rewarding—and safe—trip.
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