It’s time for a retreat.
I’m not a big warm weather gal so fall is my retreat time, but the rest of the planet seems to like August. Truth is, it doesn’t really matter when you take a retreat, just that you do it. Stress takes a huge toll on our body and mind and it’s critical to take breaks from time to time.
Take a break from the busyness and obligations.
Unplug your cell phone and your computer, take a hike by yourself, sleep as late as you want. It really doesn’t matter where you go or necessarily what you do.
It matters that you get back to your true nature.
For some, this could be outdoorsy stuff, like surfing or mountain biking or for others a silent meditation retreat, time on the beach or a staycation when the rest of your family has gone somewhere else – woo hoo!
Give multitasking a vacation, too.
It’s tempting to want to pack a lot into your retreat. Heck, that is what we do all the time! (Ahem, checking email while waiting in line at the post office anyone??) Resist the urge to pack to dos and expectations into your retreat. Practice doing one thing at a time (sleeping counts!)
It’s ok to be scared — do it anyway.
For those of us who are used to being busy and productive, retreats can sound terrifying – 2 days without email – omg! I promise you will survive and you should do it anyway..and you’ll be happy you did.
Figure out things you’ve been struggling with for months.
One of the amazing things I’ve found during retreat times is that answers just float to the top – without all the thinking and struggling. We can innately figure a lot of stuff out – but over thinking is rarely effective. Quiet time is a healer.
Reconnect with yourself.
Are you your own best friend? If not, consider it. It’s an important relationship. You’re in it together for life!
Give your family and friends a break from you:)
If you like to play on the guilt playground, get off the monkey bars! Your family and friends will be happy for you to have a break and know that you’ll be happier and more balanced when you return. And heck, we all need a break from one another from time to time.
Breathe, reflect and be…rinse and repeat.
Retreats are truly a gift and one you should give yourself at least once a year. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive – it just requires commitment and a little creativity.
and start the year off with a freakin’ bang!
September is just around the corner where the pace picks up again. You and your family deserve the best version of you. Start off the year with a clear head and an open heart.