In this article you’ll learn how going on a retreat will literally change your life in a multitude of ways. If you’ve thought of a retreat as merely a self-extravagance, think again! This article will introduce you to new and unique reasons why a retreat is exactly what you need.
You Need a Retreat!
As a busy Mom, you’re just trying to get through the day. All you want is a minute of peace to drink your coffee without someone interrupting you. The thought of going on a retreat all by yourself sounds like a beautiful idea, yet totally unrealistic for your life.
In this article, I ask you to entertain the fantasy that it may be possible for you to take a retreat. Even if it’s only for one night, please consider the possibility that you may be able to make it happen.
If you actually manage to go away, I can almost guarantee that your life will change forever. You will develop a new sense of confidence. More than just having time to relax, you’ll have time to think and re-evaluate. You’ll learn to honor (and perhaps find) who you really are.
Below are just some benefits you’ll enjoy by (finally!) taking yourself away from the daily grind and getting a real break. Benefits of a Retreat
Benefits of a Retreat
1. You’ll get deep rest. Being able to truly rest, I believe, is the most important reason why you should go on a retreat. Even if you sometimes get a few hours to yourself, it’s not the same as being away on a retreat. Being away from the demands of your family and daily life lets you decompress from years and years of stress and hard work. If you unplug on your retreat, you’ll get even more restful benefits. If for no other reason, take a retreat so you can get the rest your body is craving so you can be healthy for your family.
2. It reminds you of who you really are. It’s ironic that the moment we push a new human being out of our body, we lose ourselves. For some of us, we barely remember who we are anymore, aside from a Mom, Housekeeper, Cook, Chauffeur, Teacher, and Personal Shopper. Going on a retreat lets you connect with yourself in a profound way. When you have time away from the daily grind, you are able to reflect and relax. This special time helps you develop a new relationship with yourself that gives you inner confidence and joy.
3. It’ll encourage you to do self-care throughout the year. Going on a retreat is a bold move. Once you take the plunge for the first time, your mindset about self-care will shift. If you currently struggle with guilt when you do self-care, after your retreat, you’ll notice that those feelings will begin to dissipate. You’ll be more open to doing regular self-care throughout your day (even when you’re not on retreat!) since it’ll seem natural.
4. It’ll make your family appreciate you more. Your family may have no idea how much you’re doing! When you go away and they’re left holding the ball, they’ll begin to realize what you do every day to make things go more smoothly. It’ll be great for your relationship for them as they begin to develop a deeper appreciation for you. As an added benefit, every time I go away, my family always finds a better way of doing things. They figure out things like how to get out faster in the morning, make a new dish that everyone loves, clean more efficiently. It’ll be good for them to handle things without you for a few days. Trust me.
5. You’ll solve problems. When you distance yourself from your day-to-day life and also nourish your body by resting, your mind finally has time and energy to problem-solve. While on retreat, you’ll likely get infused with tons of ideas on how to solve all kinds of problems. You’ll definitely want to take a notebook with you because without even trying, you’ll be flooded with new have ideas on how to improve your life, relationships, and routines.
6. You’ll gain new perspectives. Going away helps you shift your perspective from the humdrum daily to-do lists to a more broad, higher level perspective. Instead of worrying about how you’ll get through the day, while on retreat you’ll finally have time to examine how you’re living your life. Are you focusing on the right priorities? Are you living your life how you want?
Retreats will change your life
Going on a retreat is not about being selfish. Quite the opposite, it will actually benefit your whole family. When you return, you’ll be a new happier, more confident person. You’ll be rested and have ideas on how to change your life and improve things at home. Everything will shift (for the better!) in ways you can’t even begin to image.
How to take a retreat
Here at Balanced Working Moms, we always talk about easing into difficult things by taking the MiddlePath. Learn all about the MiddlePath and how it can help you get anything done, even scary things!
If going on a retreat seems really hard for you, find an easy way to do it that works for you.
Here are some ideas that will help you ease into your first retreat.
1. Go away with a close friend. It can be scary to go on a retreat alone. Going with your bestie will be fun, plus you’ll gain new perspectives from your chats.
2. Go somewhere close. A retreat doesn’t have to be at an expensive spa. You can simply get a hotel room in a nearby city.
3. Go away for only one night. This lets you ease into things slowly. If money is an issue or leaving your kids alone is difficult, even one night away can make all the difference.
4. Go to a retreat center. There are beautiful retreat centers throughout the US, some which are subsidized. Some examples of popular retreat centers are Kirpalu and Omega (east coast). You may be surprised at how affordable it can be to go on a retreat.
5. Go on a retreat that involves your hobby. If you enjoy any type of hobby, chances are there’s a retreat for it. My husband has even gone on whisky retreats! Combining your hobby (even if you haven’t done it for a while) with a retreat is super fun.
6. Go visit your family. If your family lives far from you, going to visit them without the kids is a retreat! You can rest and do fun things with people you love. Win-win!
I hope you take one of these suggestions and find a way to make your retreat happen. You’ll be so glad you did! And who knows, you may make it an annual tradition!