Spring is just around the corner, and whether you’re ready to tear your house apart in the name of Spring Cleaning, or you’re feeling burned out from the harsh winter and overwhelming holiday season, it’s time to pause and reflect.
Spring is a time of rebirth. The sun shines, the bees buzz, and a yellow film of pollen settles on your car, ready to repopulate the community with blooming flowers.
Around here, spring means pouring rain can turn into overbearing sunshine in a matter of hours.
You take the lengthening days gratefully, and curse the sunset mosquitos. You begin to remember the very best things in life that you’ve forgotten over the course of a few months spent huddled up next to your radiator.
If you’re like me, you’re starting your springtime tradition of looking for ways to take advantage of this season change. Cleaning out the closet is a good start. Starting a juice cleanse may be impulsive. Deciding that this is the year you’ll start a vegetable garden is a dream you’ll forget after one discouraging trip to the Home Depot. Speaking from experience here.
Whatever your big plans may be, I am challenging you to take advantage of this transition time by really pausing for some self-care.
Wellness Retreats are becoming more and more popular here in the US. They boast trips to scenic destinations, healthy food, daily yoga and meditation, ceremonies, bonfires, etc.
Participants enjoy a few days dedicated solely to their health and wellness, surrounded by the tools and encouragement of a structured schedule and dedicated staff.
These retreats often cost more than many of us are able to spend on ourselves, and the travel and time investment isn’t something we can just decide to do on a whim.
I’ve been thinking about this lately, and browsing the many beautiful retreat options in places like Bali, Tulum, Napa Valley, and Costa Rica. Nothing but sunshine, sand, hours of yoga, healthy food, sunset women’s circles, spa treatments, and time to reflect.
Expensive, seemingly unattainable bliss.
So, I decided to do some research on what people like me are doing to carve out time for personal reflection, and I found some great resources for At-Home Wellness Retreats. What I learned is that it’s all about preparation, intention, and going with the flow from the comfort of your own home.
The main takeaways I got in my research are:
- Plan in advance
- Have a set schedule
- Commit to the fantasy
Below I have created a template schedule, and my own suggestions for a weekend of dedicated me-time.
At Home Wellness Retreat:
Prepare in the week(s) leading up to your chosen weekend. Remember to clear those 2.5 days of any appointments or obligations.
Clean and declutter your space. This is a great time to really go through your closet and bookshelf and make a trip to the goodwill!
Don’t be afraid to go through your kitchen cabinets and make a trip to the local food pantry too.
The more your space feels open and clean, the more space in your mind you’ll have for peace and focus.
Meal prep. Make sure you have plenty of filtered water in the fridge.
Look up spa treatments, fitness classes, hikes, and online offerings in advance. Youtube has a lot of great free yoga classes and guided meditations to choose from.
Have books and entertainment picked out beforehand for downtime. Try to keep it light and positive. (See our recommendations here)
- Arrive home. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb. Drink a glass of water.
- Quick walk around the neighborhood, listen to an audiobook or podcast.
- Mindfully & slowly eat dinner with a glass of water. (See meal plan for menu)
- Yin or Yoga Nidra with candlelight & incense. Set intentions for sleep, healing, and the rest of the weekend.
- Journal one page, leaving all thoughts of the day or future there.
- Shower, do your full skincare routine, brush teeth, and put on comfy pajamas.
- Read 10 pages of a positive book and go to sleep. No more blue light or distractions :).
- Wake up and don’t open your phone right away. Enjoy a moment before you get going.
- Wash your face, brush your teeth/hair, drink some water.
- Walk around the block. Listen to some uplifting music or a podcast, or just enjoy the silence.
- Yoga or workout (check for fitness classes in your area)
- Yummy, healthy breakfast!
- Enjoy some silence and reflection. Maybe do some journaling or a guided meditation.
- Head outdoors. Weather permitting, drive to a dog park beach or a private area to relax. Don’t forget SPF, a change of clothes, beach chair and towel, water, and a good book. Pack a picnic or decide what to snack on in advance.
- This would be a great time to schedule a mani/pedi, massage, or facial at a local salon.
- Enjoy your pre-prepared dinner!
- Start to wind down with a hot shower or bath, some extra skincare (a clay or sheet mask is always fun!)
- Read another few pages of your book, and get comfy. Don’t be afraid of going to bed early!
Taking a couple of days to just focus on yourself can mean a huge reset for your mind and body. Don’t be afraid to turn off your phone, unplug the wifi, and light a couple extra candles throughout the weekend.
Even if you aren’t able to block your book for an entire weekend, even unplugging for a few hours can be a big deal. However it looks for you, enjoy your Wellness Retreat, and don’t forget to let us know how it goes!