It’s no secret that I love retreats. I easily attend 2-3 per year and will be hosting 3 next year! I’ve even built a special group program around them that will be launching in a few months. Yep, you might say they’re my thing. 🙂
The work I do with my clients often begins with teaching them how to carve out precious time for themselves. It sounds simple but in practice can be very, very difficult.
When the feelings of guilt or self indulgence wash over you for even considering spending an entire day on yourself, it’s important to connect with your why.
Why are you doing this? How will it serve you?
The benefits of dedicating time to yourself are endless and Sarah Powers, author of Insight Yoga, says it best:
“In removing ourselves from our familiar surroundings and busy schedules, retreats afford us the opportunity to see accumulated habits of distraction and begin to soften them. In removing everything we do that is not supportive of living with freshness and wakefulness, practice retreats realign us with our deepest values, helping us discover ways to upgrade how we live our lives on a daily basis.”
Helping us discover ways to upgrade how we live our lives on a daily basis. Isn’t that what high achieving women strive to do?
I know you are so busy, girl, and taking a week off isn’t always possible so I’ve got the next best thing.
Here is your action plan to create a powerful yet deeply rejuvenating mini retreat, right in your own home!
- SCHEDULE IT Block off at least 12 hours of dedicated time for YOU.
- CHOOSE YOUR FOCUS Are you craving time for creativity or yoga and meditation, vision boarding or simple navel gazing? Connecting to your intention will help give your day thoughtful structure.
- CREATE YOUR SPACE It’s almost impossible to feel relaxed and creative in a cluttered environment. If you can, book yourself a room in a comfortable hotel or lodge but if that’s not in the budget, spend a little time cleaning up your *retreat room* and make it as cozy as possible with pillows, candles, your journal and any other supplies you may need for your retreat.
- CREATE YOUR SCHEDULE This is an important step! Having structure to your day will give your day a retreat feel and keep you from falling into the couch for a day of accidental Netflix. If possible, allow yourself to wake without the alarm. Give yourself the gift of uninterrupted sleep. (you may wish to set an alarm only if you know you are capable of sleeping the entire day away!)
A sample schedule may look like this:
8am wake/coffee or tea and journaling
8:30am yoga or workout of your choice
10am Prepare a nourishing breakfast(or have it pre made)
10:30am connect to your creativity through journaling-how does painting(your creative activity goes here) make you feel? Who do you become when you are painting?
11am creativity time-writing, painting, knitting, cooking, singing, dancing
12:30pm Prepare a nourishing lunch (or have it pre made)
2:00pm Take a walk a nap or have a massage (foam rolling is a great substitute!)
4pm journaling gratitude practice
4:30pm read or set goals for yourself
5:30pm prepare a nourishing dinner (or have it pre made)
7pm take a bath
8pm reflect on your day and journal about thoughts and self reflection. How did the day change you?
- PACK YOUR BAGS Prepare your clothes, journal and creative supplies just as you would for a destination retreat. The goal is to interrupt your normal pattern of behavior so keep yourself away from as many typical activities as possible.
- DISCONNECT COMPLETELY Give yourself the gift of unplugging. Give up tv, computer and your cell phone for the day. Tell your loved ones that you are *gone fishing* and will return calls tomorrow.
There you have it. A simple structure for a rejuvenating DIY Mini Retreat. Giving yourself a day like this once a month or so will not only help you relax and recharge but it will make you even more of a powerhouse at work.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!