Today is the day that we welcome the summer season… Happy Summer Solstice Everyone! As summer has officially begun and the warm weather shines most people usually find themselves on a holiday (or two if super lucky) however, with the global crisis that we are facing at the moment many people will be staying local and not travelling far. Not enjoying yourself on a holiday doesn’t sound too fun and we all could do with a relaxing break away from it all so I’ve put together a few ideas on how you can treat yourself to a self-care ‘staycation’ and host your very own wellness weekend from the comfort of your own home…whilst also saving some money.
Turning off all your devices is an important step to take when beginning your self-care staycation. You won’t get distracted with a constantly buzzing phone in your pocket and the temptation will be gone for just having a ‘quick’ (long) browse or check. Having your phone switched off is an essential step for enjoying a restful experience.
When you take a wellness retreat holiday feeling fit and healthy is an important aspect of a successful retreat. So most retreats are luxuriously kitted out with a complete gym facility with a programme of classes and some that you’ve probably never even heard of before. If we weren’t experiencing lockdowns due to Coronavirus then I would suggest trying something new out at your gym to replicate the feeling you would have on a retreat. However, getting fit from the comfort of your own home is great too! There are some fantastic free videos on the internet of workouts to get you motivated and feeling energised, so have a laugh and join along.
Good Food = Good Mood, so make sure your cooking wholesome, healthy meals with nutrient-rich ingredients. Wellness retreats love feeding their guests with nutritious and absolutely delicious food and eating good food is another key aspect of self care. On a retreat you would probably be consuming more vitamins and health products than you usually do whilst also, feeling full and satisfying your body and mind so that you can fuel the activities of the weekend. Prepare beforehand what meals and snacks you are going to be consuming on your weekend staycation and stock up on energy boosting foods like; Eggs, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas etc… any foods that will keep you well fed.
Indulge in a spa treatment for the overall getaway feel. Heading off to your local spa for a one-off treatment can leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful and is a fraction of the price of going to a full retreat weekend. Treat yourself and enjoy your favourite spa treatment. Indulge in a hot stone massage or pamper your nails and toenails with a manicure and pedicure or treat your skin to a luxury facial or your body to a soothing massage. You deserve it! Like mentioned on the exercise idea your area maybe in lockdown due to the Coronavirus situation so you won’t be able to plan a one-off spa treatment however, there is an alternative if your local spa is temporarily closed. Turn your home into a spa setting and pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home with your favourite DIY treatments…body brushing, self massage, face masks, bubble bath, manicure and pedicure. You may not feel like you have just stepped out of a luxury spa but you definitely can treat yourself and feel refreshed. I wrote a post the other week about how to create your very own home spa you can check it out for some inspiration and suggestions to really indulge at home. Ideas that will help you to create your very own at home spa.
Get outside, take a deep breath and enjoy the view! Retreats are usually held in locations that are spectacular with breathtaking views and picturesque scenery and your usually encouraged to go out and explore the surrounding area. So why not do this during your staycation and go hiking somewhere locally. Immersing yourself in nature and the great outdoors is refreshing and revitalising, not only is hiking great exercise you may also find a new appreciation for your local area and perhaps will discover an unknown hidden gem.
What sort of a wellness retreat would your staycation be if I didn’t mention meditation. Meditation has endless benefits and it really is the perfect way to ground yourself and to appreciate the present moment. Take a few moments out each day to meditate and relax. At the end of your staycation reflect on all that you have learnt and think about the things you would like to incorporate into your everyday life…perhaps you’ll opt for having a wellness weekend more regularly or maybe you’ll treat yourself a little bit more. Find out what is important to you and your own needs.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading these ideas for creating your own wellness weekend retreat and you can find some useful suggestions in my post. I would love to know if you have indulged in one before and how you found the experience. If you have any other wellness retreat ideas for a staycation then share them in the comments, I’m sure any suggestions will be appreciated by all. I hope you have a lovely summer and are able to treat yourself to a staycation (or two)!