15 Glaringly Obvious Signs You Need A Retreat
This post originally appeared as, 15 Red-Flag Warning Signs You Need A Retreat (+ What To Do About It), that I wrote for the Lake Louise Wellness blog. You might be familiar with this scenario: you set an intention to adopt good habits that support your health and wellbeing. Then one day, you realize you've gone drastically off course. Your health is suffering, your mood is dark, and your outlook less than inspired.
Taking care of ourselves means learning to identify what diminishes us and when to ask for support. It does NOT mean being perfect. It just means learning to adjust when we start veering off-course.
Do Any Of These Resonate?
You can’t live without your phone or computer for one whole day (or even an hour)
You can’t remember the last time you took some time off (or walked in the woods, or read a book, or had a really good night’s sleep)
You’ve been trying to find a solution to the same problem for months or years or decades, without success
You’ve been hard on yourself and irritable with others
Your self-care routines (and your life) have fallen into chaos
You feel tense, sluggish, uptight...decidedly not radiant
Your mind is so busy you can’t keep track of everything
You’ve just experienced a major life change and need to figure out how to digest everything and re-adjust
You find yourself getting irritated for no good reason
You spend more time surrounded by cars than trees
You’ve stopped exercising or doing your yoga practice
You feel overwhelmed by the pace of life
You're fed up with the maddening world news
You're not sure you are on the right path but don’t know how to make a change
You feel anxious, exhausted, depressed and stressed out most of the time
Signs You Need A Retreat
We all fall out of well-intentioned habits occasionally. Part of taking care of ourselves is learning what trips us and when to ask for support.
When you change your daily habits without awareness—you start eating more sugar, having that extra glass of wine in the evening, or start the morning with e-mail instead of a walk, a yoga practice or picking up your pen or paintbrush—then the tone of your day is set. Combine a string of days and the tone of your life is set.
One of the biggest signs you need a retreat is that you just feel like you've gone off-course. Where have you fallen into unhealthy habits that don’t support your well-being? How would it feel to start out on a new foot, rebuilding from the foundation? Imagine re-orienting your life around a new theme or set of circumstances.
Then take one small step in any direction. Just one step, for now.
A life-changing journey begins with one small step. Adopt one new habit and commit. Tell someone so you are held accountable.
A New Life Starts With A New Attitude
It is as simple as changing our daily habits. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Start small. Notice habits that nourish you and those that don’t. Your body knows. Then commit to one small change and notice how other aspects of your life fall into place to support that change.
These simple practices provide the base to develop a strong and grounded connection to your mind and to your experience. When you develop a sane relationship with your mind, you can then maintain a healthy relationship to your world.