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How To Take The Day Off

What would you normally do on a day off? Go to the movies? Travel? Hit some stores? Just because you can’t do any of that with state-wide closures doesn’t mean you can’t take a vacation day nonetheless. Because you’re stressed, you’re anxious, you’re working your ass off—in fact, if there ever were a time to take a day, it’s now. The tricky part is that it’s not immediately clear how. Ultimately you know you’ll just hold court in your living room and not work, but there are ways to make the day even more enjoyable. Here’s how to go about it.

Put your vacation responder email on

People! This is essential! A successful quarantine vacation is predicated on meaningful boundaries, and there’s no bigger boundary setter than a message in writing that says “I am unavailable to get back to you right now.” Sure, it may feel a little silly to alert your inbox of your home “vacation plans,” but it’ll direct people to leave you alone. The same goes for Slack, or any other messaging platform your coworkers use to hit you up.

Set the mood

This really depends on the kind of vacation vibe you’re going for, but whether you’re a yoga retreat kind of person, a beach bum, or a regular degular schmegular club hopper, a good drink is always on the table. Make yourself a green smoothie if you’re health-conscious, or pour a pretty cocktail to set the mood (depending on where you live, you can get your favorites delivered to your door). And then turn on some tunes. For relaxing, let-your-hair-down music, click on Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s “verzuz” playlist. For something slightly more upbeat, Insecure’s Spotify playlist is equipped with all the songs that are played on the show, and if you want to go full on happy-go-lucky, click Spotify’s Serotonin playlist for steady beats that just feel good. Alternatively, work in a playlist that’ll transport you to a different setting all together. A few suggestions: Boozy Brunch, New York City Sounds, and the aptly-named Beach Sounds. As you’re listening to that…

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