Adulting can be hard, but that’s not even the worst part. Taking on challenges is one thing, but the repetitive nature of each day can leave you feeling burned out.

A vacation can be a good solution, but you have to have at least a few days off. Not to mention, it can be expensive! You deserve a more accessible way to take a break that can be done any day you have a few hours to spare.

Fortunately, you have plenty of options. You just have to make sure you choose the right options. Skip Netflix and social media that can leave you feeling just as burned out as before and give these ideas a try instead.

See a Show

It’s easy to get stuck inside your own head. Whether you’re playing a game, trying to focus on reading a book, or watching a little TV, it’s normal for your mind to wander. If it’s wandering to stressful topics, like work, you aren’t getting the break you need.

Instead, choose an activity that is so encompassing that your thoughts are halted in their tracks. That’s exactly what a live show can do.

Some areas have tons of dinner shows to choose from. For example, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee features award-winning dinner shows with pirates, hillbillies, magic, and more.

There are other types of shows you can catch too. Consider going to a Broadway play, going to a dance recital, or seeing a live orchestra. Thinking of going to a play but you can’t make up your mind with all the options? You could consider going to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway. TodayTix explains that this show is an outrageous musical comedy that follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the good word. If you want to have a good laugh, this is a great option!

Take a Class

It’s important to challenge yourself to learn new skills. It’s really good for your brain because it forms more neural pathways, helping you learn better and quicker, while staving off dementia.

Another reason to take a class and learn something new is the fact that learning something new is all-encompassing. It requires all of your attention and focus, no matter what that skill is, which means you have no time to think about other things in your life that may make you unhappy.

What kind of class should you take? You have tons of choices!

  • Take an art class and learn to paint, sculpt, or blow glass.
  • Take an acting class and try out for the local theater.
  • Take a workout class that teaches you new ways to use your muscles.
  • Take a class that teaches you something about technology.

Get out into Nature

Although it’s cheaper than taking a vacation, catching a show or taking a class still costs money. If you’re looking for a cheaper way to escape from your worries, get out into nature.

Nature can do a lot of things for your attitude and morale. It can make you kinder and more creative, and it can make you happier and stress less.

The best part is, it doesn’t cost a dime!

Find a nature area where you live and take a walk. Go to the lake, relax on the beach, or ride a bike on a local bike trail. Even doing a little gardening in the backyard can be a great way to escape from everyday life for a few hours!

Pick a Direction and Drive

When we get in the car, we know where we’re going, but you can use your vehicle as a tool to forget about your worries. All you have to do is get in the car without a destination in mind.

Take a long drive by yourself. It doesn’t matter where you drive, it can help you clear your head, and surprisingly, destress. And who knows. You may find something new that makes you want to get out of your car and take a closer look!

Swap Houses with a Friend

House swapping is a popular vacation technique. It enables you to visit a city you want for free, while that person occupies your home, but that doesn’t mean you have to go halfway across the world to swap houses.

Instead, swap houses with a friend where you live. It’ll get you out of your mundane routine, which is good for your mental health. It’s even better if your friend has a pool or a home theater!

Taking a break from your everyday life is an important way to rest and recharge so you can face the next day with confidence and vigor. That doesn’t mean you need a vacation! With these tips, you can get the mental boost you need, and you only need a few hours.