Take time away from the mundanity of daily tasks and find your sense of balance. Staycations or mini-retreats are a great way to reboot.
Nowadays, the internet gives us endless opportunities and different destinations with one click of a button. Possibilities are endless, but bear in mind that not all retreats or staycations need to break the bank.
To immerse yourself fully in your retreat, you must first set an intention. In yoga classes, we give ourselves a moment to reflect – this works well in daily life, too. Scan the body for physical and mental needs. Solidify those needs by sealing them with a deep breath. Do the same for your retreat. Look within, set an intention and follow through. It may be time for relaxation, or a focus on exercising. Honor the body and mind. Stay focused on the intention – your planning and decision making can make this easier to manifest.
Plan your plan
Before planning, brainstorming is important. Do you invite a group of friends or go solo? Solo trips allow us to come back into ourselves, and alleviate the unnecessary strain we tend to accumulate over time. If you are considering a group, make it small. Small groups of three to four allow decision making to be less stressful. Any more than that and decisions can become hard, especially when trying to please every single person. Also, do not oversaturate your trip with too many details. Explore and play, but remain grounded. Remember that a retreat should minimize stress and not create more.
Venture off somewhere enjoyable to you, whether it be lying in the sun at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or skiing the slopes. While choosing a location, make sure to book activities that allow you to release and relax. Remember, retreats are designed with you in mind. Avoid creating a to-do list – instead, undo. Undo the doing, holding, gripping and thinking of everyday life.
If a destination retreat just is not in the cards, then plan something nearby or local. Reduce time spent on the phone, and be in the present moment. Create balance. Decide to enjoy the great outdoors, but add in those pampering sessions.
A day may include: Yoga in the morning, a nice walk, pedicure, light sustainable food with good company, a nice long soak in the hot tub, and a good night’s sleep.
If an extended retreat is not possible but balance is needed, simply reach out to friends. Allow yourself some quality time with them, and change your perspective. The change you create gives a sense of feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. You'll be ready to seize the day. Nights out dancing, a wine and paint night with friends or something fun always feeds my soul. Make sure your staycation stays within budget, and puts a smile on your face.
What is one to do after the retreat is over? Journal. Take time each night to journal your thoughts, feelings or attitudes and simply be. Do not overanalyze. Take your time. Stay in the present, but use journaling to reflect. Reflect on ways to express yourself. Focus on growing in your areas in need of attention. How did time away change your perspective on life? Are you feeling more balanced? Did you make the right decision? Reflection and expressed feelings help individuals grow and move through stagnant energy. Honoring your feelings is just as important as honoring your body.
Ready….Set….Go! Now it's time to plan your mini-retreat!
DIY Retreat in Five Steps
- Budget - How much can you spend?
- Time - Which season? How many days? What is your availability?
- Location - Hotel, cabin, camping? Transportation?
- Activities - Yoga, excursions, pampering?
- Reflection - Journaling during and after the retreat
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