Ever felt so exhausted that you just wanted to stop everything and relax? That is your mind telling you it’s high time you take a break. Our hectic daily routine and endless pressure to achieve more and better in life put our mind into constant overdrive. This continuous need to achieve more can drain us, both mentally and physically.
The human mind is a miraculous organ. It can break boundaries and do the unthinkable. However, like every other part of your body, the brain also tires. Your mind also needs a break from all the never-ending worries and burdens. And the best way to do that is to go on a retreat.
A retreat is quite literally a way to ‘step back’ from all the stress of the world. It allows you to step away from the worldly realm and its restlessness, and go to a peaceful, relaxing place to unwind. A yoga retreat allows you to spend time alone and connect with yourself in an exceptionally calm, serene environment. Going on a retreat can have various significant benefits for your mind, body, and soul.
Connect to Nature:
It has been scientifically proven that being around nature calms our nerves and helps us de-stress. Our lives today are far from what nature prescribed for us. Our sleep schedules are topsy-turvy. We stay up during the nights and sleep late till noon. We are always overwhelmed by a constant need to connect to the world through our phones and social media. Our lifestyles are draining us, and it has now turned into an epidemic.
Connecting to the soothing aura of mother nature in these times of chaos will provide you with inner healing. You sleep when the sun goes down and are up by the time it rises. A retreat close to nature helps you drain your mind of all negativity. It will help you compose yourself by relating to the serenity around you. It will allow you to learn from nature.
Take a Break from The Gadgets:
According to research conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), four out of five adults in America feel the need to constantly check their phones for texts, emails, or social media. The study goes on to prove that people who were found to be ‘constant checkers’ of their phones faced higher levels of stress and anxiety. Approximately two-thirds of Americans believed that occasionally unplugging from their mobile devices and social media was crucial for their mental health.
Taking a ‘digital detox’ has been proven to greatly reduce stress levels and relax the mind for people who are constantly on their phones. When you plan a retreat, the first most important step is to disconnect yourself from all your gadgets and social media accounts. This will relax your mind and remove all the unneeded anxiety to connect to the world constantly.
While you take a ‘digital detox’, you will realise that detaching from your gadgets will also save you time. This time can be utilised productively by focusing on your inner self and trying to connect to it.
Reap the Benefits of Meditation:
When it comes to unwinding and relaxing, our first choice is often to go on a vacation. However, research has proven that retreats are much more effective for your overall mental and physical health as opposed to destination holidays. This is because retreats have a far greater purpose than a vacation. During your holidays, you might still stay connected to your work through emails or worry about the likes on your Instagram pictures.
However, the purpose of retreats is for you to try to disengage from your usual worries and find inner peace in all the turmoil. Retreats are often incorporated with daily meditation sessions.
Meditation is the act of exercising your mind by using certain techniques and achieving a mentally uncluttered and emotionally relaxed state. Meditation is known to improve your mental and emotional well-being massively. It is proven to be extremely helpful in stress-related disorders. This is the reason why meditation and yoga retreats are increasingly being practiced today.
Going on a retreat will give you the needed time and space to let the effects of yoga and meditation seep deep within you. While doing meditation a part of your daily routine is important; however, going back to the restless world right after a meditation session may not be that effective. Hence, staying in a retreat and practicing meditation may give you long-lasting benefits.
We often believe that the more we fret about and plan over a situation, the outcome might just be better. However, the instances when this might be true are far less than how your overthinking might completely drain you.
Overthinking can kill your brain cells and tarnish your creativity. A study conducted by Stanford University recently concluded that over-thinking, along with hindering our capacity to perform cognitive tasks, also stops us from achieving our full creative potential.
It is also a proven fact that excess stress can destroy your brain cells and shrink the size of your brain. Chronic stress and the resulting high levels of cortisol can wear down your brain. This can have a lasting impact on your brains’ memorising and learning capacity.
Taking a break from all the confusion and pausing to contemplate life will assist you in avoiding much of the overthinking. You will have time to detangle your thought-process and work on triggers that spark much of your fretting.
A Newer Perspective Is All You Need:
Jiddu Krishnamurti, a well-known spiritual leader, is quoted to have said, “I think it is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or don’t believe. You would let fresh air into your minds.”
Retreating into a place of solitude, far away from the worldly system will give you time to ponder and think about life from a greater perspective. Often, our lives are so rushed that we rarely get time to analyse life from a larger scale. We do not question ourselves, our belief systems and the purpose behind what we do. Retreats are an amazing way to take a fresh look at your life and its purpose.
Having a newer perspective may also help you with viewing problems and issues differently. Solving problems with a positive mindset brings better outcomes. And even if the outcomes aren’t always good, you learn to view everything on a positive note.
Retreats are excellent for an individual’s overall health. They rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul, and help you relax and unwind. Yoga retreats are a great way to take some time out for yourself and gain some physical and mental strength. A few days retreat to the solitude will give you a positive mindset and ensure you stay on the top of your game.