Self-care 101: Retreat
How many of us, in the midst of a caregiving crisis, haven’t dreamed of a spa retreat? A quiet room all to ourselves, a fluffy robe, time to walk in the woods or along the beach, a therapeutic massage, perhaps a manicure or pedicure, yoga, fresh and healthy food, soothing music.
There is a Buddhist distinction of retreat, minus the amenities, that mirrors our fantasy spa retreat. Sometimes, in order to move forward, you need to retreat, to be in stillness, to regroup, to re-energize. Barring caring for children, eating, and sleeping, sometimes, we need to make “retreat” our number one priority.
You may have wondered why you didn’t hear from me for an entire week….unheard of since I started the blog! Well, I needed to retreat. I was feeling overwhelmed, more depressed than I have since my personal care-giving crisis started, seemingly unable to move forward with anything. So, working with my coach, we agreed that I need to stop, to retreat, to take time for radical self-care, to re-energize so that I could move forward again.
It was hard, and it was easy. I so needed the time to sleep, reflect, process, let things sink in….that was the easy part. I felt so guilty about neglecting the blog, Twitter, revising the business plan, and the myriad other things that didn’t get done last week. And, coming out of a week of retreat, I feel rested and ready to take on the world again (or at least the Western Hemisphere).
So, if you feel like you are at the end of your rope, like you are barely hanging on….retreat. Make it a priority. Yes, you need to take care of the children but the vacuuming and the laundry and the homemade pies can wait. Give yourself the freedom to re-energize. It will make the coming weeks easier….guaranteed!
taking care of number one, gretchen