Have you ever wanted to getaway to decompress, but just don’t seem to have the time and don’t know where to start? Then a wellness weekend may be just what you need.
If you’re interested in planning a wellness weekend, whether it’s a staycation or a stay out of town, here are some things to take into consideration.
What exactly is a wellness weekend? It’s exactly what it seems. A weekend dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul. Resorts like the Miraval Resort specialize in these type of getaways for weary guests. You don’t have to just be limited to a weekend either.
Features like device and technology free zones, silent breakfasts, nature excursions and mindful movement are just some of the things you may find at the nearest wellness resort.
While I’m not opposed to getting away on a wellness trip, it does take some planning and quite a bit of saving. After the last 18 months everyone has had, I think we all could use a little breather. Speaking of which, adults are not the only ones that have been experiencing lots of stress.
Kids emergency mental health visits increased drastically between April 2020 to October 2020 kids. As a matter of fact, according to the CDC kids age 5-11 and kids age 12-17 had a 24% and 31% increase in emergency department visits respectively.
Things that Have Been Stressing Out Kids Over the Last Year
Their routines have been disrupted
They’ve experienced loss of loved ones
Parental stress passes off to kids
Loss of social interaction and so much more
So while I’d like to write about the perfect self care retreat, this post is about embarking on a wellness weekend with your family becuase kids need wellness weekends too.
Dress the Part for Your Wellness Weekend
Are you ready to go on a wellness weekend? Well, you have to dress the part first. Plush slippers, silky pajamas and clothing that really allow you to be comfortable are key. Yoga clothes are really good for this too. Don’t wear anything that reminds you of work or the constraints of your every day life. The whole idea is to relax remember?
If you need an idea where to start here’s an idea, envelop your feet in softness first. It makes such a difference.
Don’t Forget Your Supplements
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of RidgeCrest Herbals products. I mean, they have so many products to support mind and body wellness. If you happen to be one of those people that has difficulty getting to sleep in a new environment, be sure to bring some DreamOn Zen for the trip. DreamOn Zens’ all natural formula contains no stimulants and won’t leave you feeling groggy the next day.
If you’re headed for an outdoorsy escape and would like some respiratory support, AirWayClear and ClearLungs are also awesome to have on hand.
ClearLungs Immune also includes ingredients like elderberry and olive leaf extract (one of my favorites) for a healthy immune system.
Get Away from the House
I don’t know about you but, just being at home creates a “things to do list”. There are always dishes to wash, laundry to fold and schoolwork for kids to catch up on. But, a wellness weekend puts all the “to dos” aside in favor of must-dos for sanity, preservation and well-being.
Use websites like VRBO and HomeAway to find picturesque accommodations 30 minutes to 2 hours away. Of course, if you can afford to travel further away from home then do it. The point here is that even a little change can mean a lot.
Fuel Up Not Down
A wellness weekend has a specific purpose. It’s this purpose that drives what you eat and where you eat. Strive for loading up on lots of fresh foods during the weekend. Organic produce (when possible), low inflammation food and eating foods in season can have a huge positive impact on immunity and total wellbeing.
If you’re staying away from home, just being in a new city can brings a plethora of opportunities to try new healthy foods that you may not have tried before.
Disconnect to Reconnect
If a social media shutdown is the only time you schedule time “off” from your devices, that’s a sign that it’s time to do things differently.
Set defined times to be on electronics. Put your computer and phone in “airplane mode”. Using the screen time function on smartphones even allows you to set limits on social media apps, communication and even so-called “productivity” programs.
Don’t forget that disconnecting from screens means turning off big screens too.
Propping yourself in front of the news, whether it be on TV, staying connecting to smartphones (for purposes of listening to the news) or even listening to the radio or certain podcasts can be just as detrimental or even worse on mental wellness and total well-being.
Not only that, but limiting screen time can allow for more quality family interactions, time for restorative activities like reading and an opportunity to enjoy the wonderous joys of nature.
So if this sounds like something you could use, start planning your wellness trip now. A wellness weekend is not for the “well to do”, it’s for those who want to do life well.
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