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Alison is a wife, pet mama, and pediatric audiologist. She is passionate about serving people with love, exploring her faith, and cutting out the excess in life to make room for what really matters. You can follow along with her adventures doing all of the above on her Instagram account, @alisongeorgescom.
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A note from April -
Making time to unplug and reset has long been undervalued in many of our lives. Being part of a start-up, I have found how run down I can get if I don't make the time to reset. If we step back to look at the negative effects of not taking the time to unwind more fully and rest we will see the larger picture of how this affects our inner and outer well-being daily. We begin to feel dull, restless and worn. Our creativity feels fleeting and our cup empty.
The importance of setting aside this time to rest is so valuable to a full an vibrant life well lived. In a rested state we are able to work more creatively. Our minds have had space to process the moments and stress we have barreled through for weeks. A well rested body can work hard and more effectively. Just taking time to love yourself and express gratitude through setting an intentional retreat can contribute more to those around you than pushing through day after day without stopping.
Our contributor, Alison, has laid out some simple, practical and really effective ways to set up your own wellness retreat in the comfort of your home. Take a day to put this into practice and see what the result is after. Share your experience in the comments below, and encourage other super women to take a similar break.
Prepare the Night Before Your Wellness Retreat
- Fruit-Infused Water
Have you ever wondered why some people like fruit-infused water? For some it might be the taste, but did you know fruit-infused water is beneficial to your body? Lemon water, in particular, has lots of benefits.
- Aids digestion
- Helps you stay hydrated
- Is weight-loss friendly
- Prevents oxidation
- Supplies a healthy dose of vitamin C
- Provides a potassium boost
- Helps prevent kidney stones
Click here for more information about the benefits of fruit-infused water, and click here for recipes. Prepare fruit-infused water the night before your wellness retreat for optimal flavor.
- Lay Out Products
Laying out products the night before ensures that you will have everything you need, and you will spend less time organizing and more time using and benefiting from the products during your wellness retreat. Here are some products I recommend using as part of your self-care routine during your wellness retreat:
- Linen Spray
o Achieve restful sleep and create a calming environment.
Recommendation: Lavender Linen Spray
- Exfoliating Face Mask
o Exfoliate, soften, and nourish your skin.
Recommendation: Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask
- Face Mist
o Rejuvenate your skin.
Recommendation: Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
- Body Soap
o Cleanse your skin.
Recommendation: Pink Clay Cleansing Bar Soap
- Body Oil/Lotion
o Hydrate your skin.
Recommendation: Lavender Fields Hair & Body Oil
o Choose a book that empowers and encourages you to take care of yourself and pursue your passions.
Recommendation: Wild and Free – A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan
- Calming Activity Supplies
o During your wellness retreat you’ll have time to do calming activities. Supplies you might use include drawing or painting supplies, a journal, or nail polish.
Turn off your phone, computer, and any other technology you use the night before your wellness retreat so you can wake up refreshed and ready to spend time taking care of yourself. If you’re like me and use your phone as an alarm, turn your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode. Your alarm will work, but you will not be distracted by other things on your phone.
- 10 Minutes of Quiet Time
Before you get out of bed, spend 10 minutes preparing for the day. List 3 things you love about yourself, 3 things you are thankful for, and 3 things are you looking forward to doing that day.
Drink a glass of lemon water (or other fruit-infused water), and then take a warm shower or bath.
Choose a healthy, energizing meal to start your morning. You can make a shake, a bowl of Greek yogurt and granola, a breakfast sandwich, or anything else you enjoy.
Find a quiet, comfortable place to read. If you like to listen to music while reading, choose classical or instrumental music for it’s calming benefits.
Choose a lunch that is easy to make, or prepare it the night before.
After you’ve read for a while, do some light exercise, such as yoga, stretching, or go on a walk.
- Calming Activity
I enjoying being able to finish a book in one day, so my ideal wellness day would be filled with reading. If you don’t enjoy reading, use this time to do an activity that makes you happy, such as drawing, painting, writing, or painting your nails.
Choose a dinner that is easy to make, or prepare it the night before.
- Calming Activity
Continue the calming activity from earlier in the day, or choose another one.
Write about what you enjoyed about your wellness retreat. What things did you do that you can add to your daily routine? Set a date for your next wellness retreat.