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With the onset of a global pandemic, a resurgence of the civil rights movement, and ongoing economic and political turmoil, has been a rough year for many of us. Unfortunately, the financial and public health woes adding to our stress levels are the same ones keeping many of us from tending to our need to take a break. Travel restrictions are still firmly in place in many areas of the country and the world. Meanwhile, budget cuts mean less money to plan the trip of your dreams.
Maybe now is the perfect time to consider a physically distanced, introspective alternative to the usual summer vacation: the solo personal retreat. I happen to know a thing or two about solo retreating. What started as a way to restore my sanity and get some sleep as the mom of three kids under 4 years old has turned into a yearly reboot for my mind and spirit, no matter what my circumstances.
My annual solo getaway now holds an essential place in my self-care regimen, as nonnegotiable as healthy eating or regular exercise. Whatever I want! A solo retreat can be anything you want or need it to be. On my own little forays into the hermit life, I always aim to spend plenty of time in prayer and meditation. I allow myself to read for more than my usual few minutes before bedtime.
I get off my phone and social media and spend time in nature, hiking or sitting by the beach. And not gonna lie: On my most recent getaway, I binge-watched underrated s Disney movies. In a nutshell, a solo retreat offers the chance to turn off the world and completely self-direct my activities for a brief but glorious moment in time.
It connects me with my own desires — which so often take a backseat to the desires of others. Were you planning a relaxing yoga retreat somewhere in nature? Even if your public retreat is canceled, you can still plan your own private version. Set the vibe with a singing bowl, some incense, and a sequence led by your favorite Instagram yogi. Sure, plenty of beaches have physical distancing in effect, but if you really want to quiet your mind and lower your virus risk seaside, seek out a more secluded spot.
Do a little homework about which beaches near you tend to have fewer crowds or none at allthen rent an AirBnB close to the shore.
Book a cabin where you can forget about the news, sit on the porch, and listen to the sounds of the forest. Why not reschedule at a local resort or upscale hotel? With so many travel plans canceled, these spots closer to home may even be offering reduced rates. Order room service, watch pay-per-view, raid the mini fridge, and lounge by the practically empty pool. Maybe next year will be the year for a reunion with your BFFs.
Invite a close friend or two in your quaranteam to you for a weekend of mani-pedis, mai tais, and rom-coms at your place or a hotel. Time it with your favorite subscription beauty box to add an element of surprise. Customize your own weekend of entertainment instead! Curate a lineup of your favorite films for a weekend movie marathon. You can get creative with themes, like favorite directors, leading actors, time periods, locations, or genre.
If you really want to get into it, you can cosplay like your favorite character, make themed meals, and have watch parties with friends who are isolating at home. Although we often hear about the American epidemic of loneliness, research shows that purposeful time alone can be extremely constructive. When people actively chose to be alone, the effect was even stronger. Their self-selected solitude led to increased relaxation and reduced stress. As for disconnecting fromnews, and social media, taking a break from the drama of your devices can provide some welcome breathing room.
You might be amazed how much you enjoy a temporary reprieve from the comparison, judgment, and squabbles that tend to crop up from perpetual feed-scrolling. What qualities do you want to embody on this journey?
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