Recipe for a Mini Retreat
Can you remember the last time you did something for yourself? Then, think about the last time you did something for somebody else. Your partner, your child, your parent, your friend, your pet.
If you drew a complete blank trying to think of something you did for yourself (taking a three minute break from work e-mail to read this doesn’t count!), yet came up with an immediate list of ten things you did for others, it may be time to schedule time to take care of you.
Of course, if you’d like a little bit of community with your down time, join us for a retreat. Retreat in the Pines is the perfect place to press pause and nurture yourself with good food, yoga, wine and a healthy dose of laughter, enjoying nature and the support of other women. If budget is an issue, check out our retreat assistance program.
If all you have is an evening or an afternoon to spare, this is for you. All of these options can be done in the comfort of your own home, you can also take a mini-retreat outdoors.
Research has shown the more time working mothers spend taking care of themselves equaled improved physical and emotional health for their children. Read more here.
How to Create Your Very Own Mini-Retreat
Schedule It – Set a specific time. Make childcare arrangements if needed. Block off time on your calendar. DO NOT make last minute plans or commit to something else.
Set an Intention – An intention is not a goal. To set an intention contemplate what you need – to be mindful, discover peace or reconnect to yourself.
Prepare Your Space – Tidy and clean the area of your home before your mini-retreat. You don’t want to be tempted to do chores during your retreat time.
Make Plans for Meals – Have something already on hand (prepare it yourself or pick up something). If you enjoy cooking, let that be part of your retreat. Gather all of the ingredients so you don’t have to make a last minute run to the store (nothing kills a sense of calm like a busy grocery store!). Put on some music, pour a glass of wine and enjoy cooking a nutritious and delicious meal just for you.
Turn Off All of Your Devices – Including cellphones, tablets, laptops, TVs.
Set the Mood – During the day, open the curtains and enjoy the sunshine. In the evening, use candles or a lamp to create a cozy feeling. Buy flowers from the grocery store or bring greenery inside. If you enjoy a scented environment, use essential oils, choosing oils for a calming effect or oils for an invigorating effect, depending on your intention. Put on soothing or uplifting music for your mood.
- Pamper Yourself
- Bubble Bath
- Face Mask
- Enjoy Peace and Quiet
- Spend time in self-reflection, write your response to these questions:
- What makes me the happiest right now?
- What can I be grateful for?
- What challenges can I be grateful for?
- Am I able to be vulnerable?
- If time or money weren’t an issue, what would I be doing right now?
- My five favorite people
- Nurture Your Creativity
- Engage in creative writing.
- Paint or draw.
- Knit, crochet or sew something beautiful.
- Go on a photo scavenger hunt.
- Get creative with an adult coloring book and a big box of crayons.
- Try a new recipe or create your own.
- Something you’ve always wanted to read and haven’t had the time.
- An old favorite.
- A book of poems or novel that always speaks to your soul when you read it.
- Do Something You Enjoy
- Take a Yoga Class.
- Ride your bike.
- Walk through a park or nature preserve.
- Plant something inside or out.
- Enjoy a glass of wine, a craft beer or a fancy cocktail.
- What to Avoid
- Resist the urge to binge watch Netflix.
- Stay off of social media or news sites.
- No grocery shopping, chores, paying bills or any other mundane daily activity that you “need” to do.
Spend your time doing the things you want to do, not the things you need to do. Make your Mini-Retreat a part of your routine by adding it to your calendar. Pausing to push reset will allow you to find rest, renewal, a new perspective and so much more.
Start planning today.