Every woman reaches a point where she feels exhausted, frazzled, and disconnected from herself and the world around her. I don’t care how much you meditate, drink green juice, or go to yoga, it’s a cycle we all go through.
We work, we give, we overextend. To find balance again, we rest, we restore, and we replenish.
Each women has to find what works for her to build her reserves back up. If she doesn’t, she’ll be depleted and all areas of her life will suffer. Whether it’s daily, monthly, or seasonally, we must carve out time for the activities and places that bring us back home to ourselves.
When You Don’t Have Time to Get Away
I recently put out a lot of effort personally and professionally. In the beginning, it was exciting, energizing, and satisfying. It was my current rhythm. But after awhile I knew it wasn’t a pace that was sustainable for me. I knew I needed more than the daily retreat time of my morning practice to fill my reserves back up and I knew it needed to happen sooner than later. I wanted to see if I could get a couple of days in for a solo backpacking retreat. But within 5 minutes of looking at the calendar, I knew that was not happening anytime soon.
So, what do I do when I can’t take off work or travel, or I don’t have the financial means to go on a retreat?
I create a stay-at-home retreat.
How to Create Your Own Stay-at-Home Retreat
This past weekend I took some time to do so and I feel like a new woman! I feel refreshed and like I’m seeing the world through a new, bright lens. This is the power of stepping away and turning in towards ourselves.
If you’re feeling like you need a reboot, I invite you to check out my simple outline below for an at-home Spring retreat. I’ve designed it to be a half-day, because that’s all I had time for. If you can carve out a full day for yourself, go for it! It works best if you use it as a guide and personalize it to you and your needs. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to do this, get creative and have fun with it!
Before you start your at-home Spring retreat, make sure to relieve yourself of any responsibilities for the day. Get child care, let your friends know you’re unavailable, hang a do not disturb sign on your door, do whatever it takes to create some uninterrupted space for yourself.
Also, make sure you get any supplies you need beforehand. You don’t want to have to drive to the store in the middle of your retreat day to get smoothie fodder. Finally, put your phone in airplane mode and power down your computer. Unplugging digitally is one of the most important aspects.
Now, you’re ready to get started!
8 Steps to a Simple Stay-at-Home Retreat
- Drink a glass of warm lemon water upon waking to help flush the digestive system, stimulate the liver and kidneys, and alkalinize the whole body.
- Find a comfortable spot and write in your journal. You can start with these four Spring journaling prompts and then write a couple of pages about whatever is on your mind and in your heart.
- Move through your favorite yoga poses. If you’re new to yoga, don’t worry about crafting the perfect yoga class, just do what feels good to your body and let your intuition guide you.
- Sit by your window and look outside. Notice the colors of the sky, the wind moving the branches of the tree, the birds passing by, the color of the flowers and plants. Simply sit and notice for at least 5 minutes.
- Make your favorite breakfast. If it’s a green smoothie or an omelette with fresh veggies, take time to prepare what your body loves. Savor it and eat slowly—today is about you slowing down.
- Go for a hike or nature walk. Just like your food, savor your time in the outdoors. Don’t pressure yourself to get from point A to point B, or achieve a certain number of steps or miles. Allow yourself to wander, explore, and stop along the way.
- Practice dry skin brushing and then take a hot, detoxifying bath. My favorite recipe for Spring bathwater: ½ cup epsom salts, ½ cup baking soda, and 10 drops of lemon essential oils.
- Write a handwritten note of gratitude to someone you’ve been meaning to appreciate.
I know giving yourself the time (and permission) to really care for yourself can be challenging. I’m celebrating you for having the courage to put yourself at the top of your to-do list and I’d love to hear how your at-home retreat goes. Email me at [email protected] and keep me posted.