We all have good and bad habits as part of our daily lifestyles. By now you probably know that a retreat (of any type) will not only recharge your batteries and improve on your mental and physical health, it will also teach you long-lasting and sustainable skills for way beyond the week you spend abroad. If these are learned properly while being taught, and put into practice after you’ve returned home, there is the potential for life-altering transformation for the rest of your life.
Recipe for a Better Existence
Regular exercise, stretching, meditation, mental relaxation and positive-thinking techniques, escaping the confines of your “comfort zone”, better food choices, recipes and cooking techniques are among the categories of improvements to be made. Put all these together, and it’s almost impossible to not enjoy an enhanced quality of life when employed regularly. They can literally replace, improve, magnify, reframe, and reinvent your “old” way of life.
Is the objective to live longer? Maybe, if that’s what you want. More importantly, it will live better, for whatever time you are on this earth. Every day going forward will be filled with more energy, vigour, positivity and appreciation for the world around you. You will surely become a happier, more serene, more productive individual.
How to Sustain New Habits
A common concern for people planning a retreat is not being able to maintain what they’ve begun after they return home. Motivation is high when you’re surrounded by similar people and in that environment, but what happens to the energy and discipline when they’re no longer with you? Best intentions easily melt away as the weeks go by, after the retreat is over and you’re back to your “normal life”.
There are things you can do to help ensure your continued success following the retreat. What are the keys to success in keeping good habits up?
- Stepping out of your day-to-day routine and attending a retreat in the first place is a huge leap. You’ve already broken your usual patterns. Good start!
- Give yourself enough time to learn correctly the first time, and build momentum. The longer you spend away at a retreat, the more likely you are to keep up your new healthy habits when you get back.
- The moment of re-entering your usual environment is crucial to new lifestyle habits. Upon arrival back home, invest time in all necessary changes to your space that will promote success: Create a designated meditation zone at home, free of distractions and complete with music, candles, and whatever else helps you disconnect.
- Use this space (or other) for continued yoga too, or find a nearby studio where you can practice. Don’t forget appropriate clothing and a clean new yoga mat. Make it your own.
- Put your “me time” into your calendar. That’s right, like an appointment. Planned ahead and to be respected. Don’t break your commitments to yourself; set reminders and don’t skip unnecessarily.
- Ditch unhealthy eats by tossing all your junk food, fatty, salty, and sugary foods in the trash. Make a list and go shopping at the health food store.
STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 OF THIS INFORMATIVE AND MOTIVATING GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE POST-RETREAT HABITS, TO BE PUBLISHED RIGHT HERE IN A FEW DAYS!