Why a retreat should be the first trip you book for 2018 and why this style of retreat may just help you transform your life.
Has the end of the year have you burnt out or feeling like you’re missing something “more” from life? Are you determined to make next year the one where you finally tick off all those resolutions?
Then stop what you are doing, pull up your 2018 holiday request form, and schedule in one week to whisk yourself away on retreat.
The retreat industry has grown exponentially in popularity over the past decade, just check out the 1.2 million photos on the #retreat tag. As the pressure cooker of everyday life increases, taking a break is often the first response to alleviate the overwhelm of crushing physical and mental overstimulation.
No-one can deny that holiday breaks are the most eagerly awaited events in our year and switching on that OOO feels damn good. But if you’re the type who tends to take that break on the sunny shores of a tropical island knocking back mojitos and getting a maximum of 2 hours sleep a day, only to return to work and your hectic schedule feeling more under the weather than before you left – you, my friend need a retreat!
Run in idyllic locations, far removed from the pressure of perfecting your work-life balance and conquering your to-do list, retreats tend to have a “niche” element, other than paradise island living and ultimate chill time that is. Many include exercise routines, be it a grueling 7-day fitness regime or daily intensive yoga schedules, whilst others focus on detox cleanses or even silent retreats, where no sound shall pass your lips.
If you’ve set your sights on 2018 as the year you reach your full potential and crush your goals, then a retreat that includes the aspect of life coaching may well be your answer. For Beata Justkowiak, Life Coach, Psychologist and founder of Energising Goals and Fit Chill Out, retreats are an opportune time to disrupt your routine and immerse yourself in a crash course of opening the mind and igniting changes, enabling you to kick-start a transformation and close the gap from where you are currently, to where you truly want to be. All whilst being in a beautiful location and attending daily fitness and yoga sessions, of course…
Why You Need #retreatlife
Other than the obvious relief from overburdened schedules and demanding bosses, a retreat offers a quality break from your everyday life. You know that feeling of relief when you finally release your tightly held breath with a deep sigh? Imagine that, but for one full, long week.
As a drastic measure to break you out of routine, home comforts and habitual patterns of automatic behaviour that exist within daily life retreats offer the chance to switch off and dial inwards. To re-evaluate what’s going on in your life, reconnect with your goals, and of course, recharge. Beyond just a seemingly heavenly chance to relax by the pool and work on your tan for a week (it is still kiiiind of a holiday – hint: there are often massages involved), retreats offer the opportunity to provoke change, deepen your insight and offer a chance to travel in a way that is completely safe and free from judgement.
Still Not Sure It’s For You?
The reasons why we go on retreat are far-reaching and highly individual, but many links back to stress management, a yearning for a shift or transformation in life circumstances, or a desire to ignite a drastic change – whether that be for the body or mind.
If you’re moving into 2018 assessing your life and thinking “is this it?”, whilst constantly looking for an intangible something more that is missing from your life – then a retreat is for you.
If you are so stressed out that your body is barely functioning, you can’t sleep and you’re fuelled up to the eyeballs on coffee – then a retreat is for you.
If you are looking for a career shift, a transformation or just a judgment-free space to re-evaluate your circumstances – then a retreat is for you.
If you just need a break – then a retreat is for you.
The Art Of Slowing Down
It’s no secret that our lives are running at a higher velocity than ever before and the only simple antidote, is to slow down. Often when we go on holiday, we are exploring a new city, country, and culture, with an agenda packed to the brim with sight-seeing, travel arrangements, and every busy aspect of the touristic adventure. Sure, this builds unbeatable experiences and memories, but what these holidays don’t do – is allow the body and mind a chance to slow down and recalibrate.
Slowing down offers the chance to gain great insight. It allows us to reassess and readjust, to evaluate our habits and automatic reactions and see how they serve us. In doing this, we have a chance to realign our behaviors, pick up some practical tools, then take a deep breath and speed back up to the level which we need to pace our lives.
Retreats > Your Average Holiday
So why would you even consider skipping your annual party trip to Ibiza in favour for a week of dialing inwards? Well simply, because the experience of a retreat will enrich your life. Justkowiak (who’s retreats run in beautiful Bali and Cambodia just FYI) explains “At the end of a retreat, you are packing your suitcase with knowledge about yourself. Even if you never use it or any of the tools that you learn, you experienced it once and will be able to access it again”.
On a retreat that targets both the body and mind together (Fit Chill Out is one of its kind, with the life coaching focus and a registered psychologist facilitating the week) you feel like you’re having a holiday, with ample time to relax and chill out, but you are additionally getting intensive time to learn more about yourself. The result, you return to normal life feeling energized and excited, not drained and in need of another holiday to recover from your holiday. Plus you will be now fully equipped with practical tools, strategies and a game plan to spark change and achieve your goals – bonus!
If it’s a break you need, and a chance to transform your life you are craving, then a retreat may well be your answer.
To find out more about one of upcoming 2018 Fit Chill Out Retreats [https://fitchillout.com]
If you want to learn more about Life Coaching [http://energisinggoals.com]
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