Have you ever reached that point in your day-to-day life where you feel like you just need to escape for a little while? To take time to get back in touch with who you are, what you want and to get away from the hustle and bustle? I know we all yearn for vacations, and we should all take time off to relax on a regular basis. But wellness vacations are a little bit different. While the point is still to get away and relax, wellness vacations help you tap into who you are and get back to a place of inner peace.
So where should you go, what should you do and how long should you go on a wellness vacation? Whatever and however long feels right to you and in line with your vibrations. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Wellness Vacation Ideas
- Meditation retreats – Many localities in the mountains, by the sea or even in the middle of cities offer meditation retreats. They may incorporate yoga, time in nature and mindful eating as part of the escapes. Opting for a meditation retreat will provide you with ample time to gaze inward and hear what your soul is really craving. These retreats offer opportunities to work through stressors and can help in times of major decisions.
- Traditional getaways – You can take a traditional getaway and turn it into your own tailored wellness vacation. Start by choosing your favorite spot — perhaps a secluded beach or a cabin in the woods. Decide what you will do while you are there. Will you be journaling, taking long, thoughtful strolls or practicing yoga? Consider what relaxes you and helps you get in touch with your inner self, and schedule plenty of this. Also determine if you will be going with others or taking some time on your own. Again, whatever feels right is right.
- Technology-free vacations – One way to increase the effectiveness of any vacation, whether an intentional wellness vacation or a simple break from work, is to make that time technology free. Turn off your cell phone, leave your computer at home and focus on connecting with nature and the people around you instead. Live life at a slower pace and leave behind the frantic need to check social media each hour to see what everyone is up to. I promise you it will be OK, and you’ll love how this little hack will transform your getaway into a wellness retreat with little effort or extra planning.
- Mini retreats – Sometimes it only takes a few hours to return to a state of peace, or sometimes you only HAVE a few hours to relax. I love mini retreats. They provide a day or half day of meditation, peaceful exercises, communing with nature and more. I host mini retreats regularly, and I always leave them feeling more fulfilled, relaxed and intentional. My clients give wonderful feedback on them as well. If you’re short on time and want to stay in town, come join me for a mini escape!
- Focused classes – Another option if you can’t quite swing a vacation is to take a class. Lose yourself in painting, cake decorating, writing, composition, dance or anything creative. When we let go of some of our inhibitions and fully give ourselves over to a creative process, this does wonders for the mind and spirit. It’s very much like meditation and a wonderful way to practice mindfulness.
Contact me for more ideas for wellness vacations, or to attend one of my rejuvenating mini retreats. Together, let’s find ways for your soul to be at ease in your day-to-day life.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.