by Sally Perkins
During the holidays, most people can’t help but be cheerful and excited about the season as families come together to celebrate this festive time. However, not everyone is feeling merry and bright as some individuals feel depressed or stressed during the holidays.
According to experts, holidays can be a sad time for some people because they may have recently lost a loved one, gone through a divorce, or are far away from home and family. For these individuals, the pressure to be happy can take its toll. A research also shows that holiday stress has a particular impact on women as they’re the ones who are taking charge of celebrations especially when it comes to preparing meals, decorating the home, and buying presents.
If you’re experiencing holiday depression and stress, you may want to go on a wellness retreat to recharge and restore your holiday spirit. Getting in touch with your inner self and taking some time to heal can help you cope with what you’re feeling and get into a celebratory mood. Here are three reasons to consider a wellness retreat this holiday season.
It can improve your mood
During the holidays, most people tend to engage in sedentary activities like eating, watching TV, and drinking alcohol to relax and unwind. As a result, fewer people are doing less physical activity in order to stay healthy. Being at a wellness retreat ensures that you do some form of exercise like yoga, walking, or hiking, and doing any of these activities can help to improve your mood. As your mood lifts, you get more energy to cope with any task that comes your way so you can get back into the spirit of the holidays.
You get to reconnect with your inner self
Going on a wellness retreat allows you to reconnect with your inner self and spirituality as you’re not thinking about your daily routine or anything else that might stress you out. Some people do experience having holiday fatigue, especially when it seems like there’s too much pressure to buy things, have better decorations than the neighbours, or have a better spread than last year’s feast. When you distance yourself from these worries, you get to realize the things that are truly important during this time of year—family, friends, and just being together with loved ones.
You get to have the space that you need and time to heal
Celebrating the holidays can be a challenge especially if you’re experiencing emotional distress. It’s even more difficult if you lost a loved one or if you’re going through a divorce as memories of the past years can be painful and difficult to bear when you’re alone during the holidays. Going on a wellness retreat allows you to have a quiet space and some time to heal, which is what you may need more than any other gift that you can receive this Christmas.
If you’re feeling down and blue this Christmas, take heart. You can cope with the holiday blues by taking some time for yourself at a wellness retreat. Not only will it be good for your body, but it can restore your mind and spirit so you can feel better this holiday season.
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Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years of experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling.