When was the last time you binged on soul food? I’m not talking about fried chicken (granted, it’s delicious). I’m talking about the only kind of soul food that nourishes your body from the inside out: “me-time.”
This year, The Coeur d’Alene Resort unveiled the perfect recipe for self-care-centered soul food: Live Well Retreats. Offered once a month, you’re invited to take a weekend away and experience itineraries carefully crafted to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.
Cally King, your retreat host and The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Marketing and Public Relations Manager, played an integral role in bringing these wellness getaways to life. “We live in a go-go-go society, and many of us give less attention to ourselves than to anything or anyone else. After the busy summer season, it’s important to restore balance in the fall and winter. Our Live Well Retreats offer an opportunity to relax and unwind from a chaotic few months (or even years).”
Still need convincing that “me-time” matters? As a yoga, mindfulness, and meditation teacher for the upcoming Live Well Retreats, I wanted to explore the science-backed reasons that wellness retreats are beneficial.
Read on to discover why you can justify a weekend away as the healthiest gift to yourself.
Live Well Retreats are designed to help you de-stress.
The pressure to stay busy and productive in the United States is real, and it’s also a key factor in heightened stress levels. According to the American Psychological Association, a whopping 44% of Americans reported that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. Can you relate? We all know stress is unhealthy, and yet CareerBuilder research shows that about 30% of employed Americans have not and do not plan to take a vacation this year.
Live Well Retreats are the perfect opportunity to de-stress–without having to use all of your vacation days. As stated by yoga teacher Amy Gates, “Weekend getaways are an example of how a little goes a long way when you choose to de-stress. You don’t have to take a huge chunk of time out of your life to get away and do something healthy, refreshing, and rejuvenating for your body and mind.”
“De-stressing can be as simple as enjoying lake views from your room at The Resort,” said King. “But Live Well Retreats offer so much more than that. Living well is a feeling–and a way of being that helps you to experience life, joy, and beauty to the fullest. It’s an energy that you find deep within yourself, one that can be reached by moving your body, meditating, or simply taking a mindful moment to slow down. Our weekend wellness retreats not only help guests find their own “recipe” for living well, but also promote profound personal changes and transformation in their lives.”
Self-care is the best healthcare.
Have you ever heard that phrase, self-care is the best healthcare? It’s true! According to the International Center of Self-Care Research, “performing self-care will improve well-being, decrease morbidity and mortality, and reduce healthcare costs.” That sounds like a good reason to make time for yourself.
As Gates stated, “I wholeheartedly believe that self-care isn’t selfish. When we take time to exercise, breathe fresh air, practice yoga, rest, and get pampered, we become happier, healthier and more present for ourselves and everyone in our lives.”
“Self-care is important to not only your physical and mental health, but it also makes you more energetic and efficient,” King added. “It produces positive feelings, which improves your personal confidence and self-esteem, too. My favorite way to practice self-care is a spa day. Spa treatments are built into our Live Well Retreat itineraries to ensure every participant gets the major dose of self-care they deserve.”
Moving your body in new ways improves your overall health.
When you try new things and move your body in new ways, you not only refresh your perspective, you improve your overall health. According to research published by JAMA Network Open, just 30 minutes of extra movement per day can increase your lifespan.
Live Well Retreats first nourish your body with fresh juice and nutritious food, then encourage movement. Built-in activities like spinning, yoga, and guided hikes are sure to renew your sense of adventure.
“Yoga is the perfect activity for a wellness retreat,” said Gates. “This form of fitness combines gentle movement with breath awareness to reduce stress, increase energy, and improve concentration. I recently had the opportunity to teach yoga to a group of retreaters. Many had never done yoga, but I was delighted people stepping out of their comfort zones to try something new and get a taste of the magical benefits of yoga. Everyone looked so relaxed and refreshed.”
Ready for some well-deserved R&R?
Grab a friend and explore these beautifully-balanced itineraries, designed for optimal wellbeing:
October: Mountains & Mimosas
November: Yoga & Spa
December: Sushi & Sunrise Yoga
The 2020 lineup of Live Well Retreats will be announced soon!
Join us to discover your recipe for living well!
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About Amy Gates
Amy Gates is the owner of Align Yoga. Stay tuned for upcoming group classes and studio grand opening details via Amy’s @_align_yoga_ Instagram.