I’ve been a physiotherapist and health coach for a decade and one of the most powerful ways to heal and recover from pain, stress and injury - is to take a vacation!
As much as I’d love to take credit for the yoga therapy, acupuncture, hands on massage therapy and overall life advice that I provide, what I’ve realized that people need more than anything else - is a mini getaway.
I moved from the outskirts of Toronto all the way to Grimsby so I can run wellness retreats for others because I see how it is so vital for our health. I realized how much I needed a rejuvenation for myself when the responsibilities started piling on - promotions, mortgage, and kids!
And there’s no better way to do that than to go on a much-needed retreat. Canadians don’t take as much vacation time as they’re allotted, especially the city folk. They say they don’t have time for it. Some are worried that there will be even more work when they come back. My favourite excuse is that they say they don’t know how to sit around and do nothing!
Why Retreats are Essential to Our Health and Wellbeing
We all need a retreat sometimes, not just a vacation. Going away for business, visiting family, or going sightseeing isn’t exactly rejuvenating - even though it may be adventurous or ‘nice’.
As a modern society, we do not take enough time to do nothing, meditate, relax, play or be creative. We are always on the GO! We do a lot of work, so much that even our play has turned into work. When we ‘exercise’ it’s working out. When we ‘play’ sports, we become weekend warriors and go all out (and injured). And all of our relaxing time is spent collapsed on the couch numbing ourselves with Netflix, Facebook and YouTube videos. That’s not exactly rejuvenating.
A retreat is a kind of vacation you take where you are taking time toconsciouslyandmindfullyslow down, unplug, do some reflection, have some personal growth and just reset. It can give us inspiration. It can spark a passion. It can provide some clarity on what next action steps we need to take in our lives.
It makes you holistically well because a carefully crafted retreat will get you doing things you need to live a more balanced and holistic life.
DIY Retreat is Easier Than You Think
You can create a retreat in the comfort of your own home or somewhere local if there are too many distractions at home. It’s way easier than you think and it will cost you a fraction of what it would be to hop on a plane and fly to Bali for a week.
What you’ll need:
What You DON’T Need:
How to Plan Your Life-Changing and Much-Needed DIY Retreat
To pull off a good retreat, it requires some planning.
Here’s what you do:
The Necessary Components of a Life-Changing DIY Home Retreat
Creating your own retreat is a pretty powerful thing. You’re taking time out of your busy schedule to do what’s really important in your life. It’s up to you how much time you dedicate to journaling, meditating, walking, doing yoga, sleeping, etc. It doesn’t have to be perfect and there is no right way. It’s whatever makes you feel relaxed and recharged. If by the end of it you say to yourself, I need to do this more often, then you did it right!
I would love to know how your DIY Retreat went. How did you feel after? What did you learn or realize? Leave a comment below.
Nancy Ma started her career as a physiotherapist helping people find freedom in the physical body. She helped patients recover from injury and overcome hurdle after hurdle to be pain-free. She discovered yoga 5 years ago as a way to help people deal with stress and balance their life.
As she became more experienced as a life coach and being a mom of two young children, her scope expanded to helping people find freedom in their life.
Nancy moved to the country with her small family where she wanted to raise her children in a traditional farm and natural setting. She teaches at a local yoga studio and runs health and wellness retreats from her home.