Creativity

Top 10 Reasons You Should Retreat!

Top 10 Reasons You Should Retreat!

In 2001, I went on my first yoga retreat. It was only a weekend in Connecticut, not a week in an exotic destination, but it changed me forever. It showed me that I could really relax, learn new things, deepen my yoga practice, but most of all experience a unique experience with like-people who were also there to find respite from the usual busyness and possibly some clarity on life.

Self-Care: Stay Curious (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Stay Curious (#28SelfCareHacks)

One of the lessons that I have integrated into my life from Yoga is being in inquiry. To stay curious and have a beginner’s mind continuously opens one up to new learning, different experiences, and a lot less resistance. I hate to say that I now have limited patience for those who think they know it all. Yoga has taught me that there is the potential for limitless learning — about life, about myself, about the world — which by the way changes EVERY DAMN DAY. How can anyone think that there isn’t something else to learn about one thing or everything for that matter.

Self-Care: Have An Unscheduled, Delightful Day (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Have An Unscheduled, Delightful Day (#28SelfCareHacks)

Every now and then it is so great to just take a day off of business as usual. Take one full unscheduled day and do whatever your body, mind, and spirit are calling for. Do not do chores or take care of everyday responsibilities. Treat this day as a staycation.

Self-Care: Discover A New Hobby (#28Selfcarehacks)

Self-Care: Discover A New Hobby (#28Selfcarehacks)

Drawing, painting, knitting—any hobby that’s creative and engaging can be a powerful stress buster. An article featured in Prevention Magazine (April 2018) featured a study commissioned by the Home Sewing Association in which a New York psychiatrist measured signs of stress in 30 women before and after they performed different activities: sewing, reading a newspaper, playing cards, or playing a video game. Sewing was the clear winner, lowing heart rates by 7 to 11 beats per minute, while the other activities RAISED heart rates by about 4 to 8 beats per minute, reported study author Robert H. Reiner.

Self-Care: Don't Wait for Someone to Buy You Flowers (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Don't Wait for Someone to Buy You Flowers (#28SelfCareHacks)

Looking for a mood booster? Go buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers! Multiple research studies show, including one from Harvard University, the link between flowers and your satisfaction with life is far more powerful than previously thought. Having flowers in your home increases happiness and compassion, reduces depression and anxiety and negativity.