Need a time-out? Top 10 everyday retreats
It's not always possible to take the time or spend the money for a much needed break. Here are some close-to-home ideas.
Here are a few ideas for everyday retreats:
1. Abstain from speaking – Silence leads to inwardness, even in the midst of family life.
2. Fast for a day – Fasting reminds us of the bountiful food available to us. It also lets the body rest from the busyness of digesting.
3. Spend a day in the garden – Or with your hands in the flowerpots, or a community garden. Do what iyou can to get your hands in the earth.
4. Go for a hike or walk – Even an hour of one-on-one time with Mother Nature can reap huge relaxation dividends.
5. Lie in bed reading – all day! – Can you say, “ultra-nourishing?”
6. Do a media fast for a week (okay baby steps, for a day) – Turn off all input – TV, radio, stereo, newspaper, Internet, videos, books – and see what insights you “tune into.”
7. Get a massage – Follow that with downtime, and your rest and relaxation is complete.
8. Take a long, hot bath – Withcandlelight and bath salts, and wine is optional.
9. Spend a day doing what you love – Not what you must. Paint, poke around the architectural salvage yard, take a book to the park, anything but what’s on your to-do list.
10. Take a nap – These are especially delicious when strategically placed in the middle of a hectic day.
Kristine A. Hodsdon, RDH, MSEC, is the director of RDH eVillage, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.