The fallout from the banking debacle, unprecedented debt and the collapse of organisations large and small has resulted in loss of livelihoods, severe financial hardship and extreme levels of anxiety and stress in all walks of life. As such, stability and sense of ‘who can we trust?’ has been seriously undermined, with anxiety and stress levels soaring.
Many people simply haven’t been able to cope, and sickness absenteeism levels have rocketed. The Health and Safety Executive statistics show that, the total reported days lost through work-related illness was 24.6 million.
In my work as a life coach and wellness/positive life change specialist I’ve become aware of increasing numbers of people seeking help – not only in respect of dealing with anxiety and stress overload but also regarding sense of identity.
Men and women alike are struggling with impossible workloads that compromise professional pride and self confidence, and with anxiety and associated confusion which serious strain relationships. They are desperate to make sense of the mayhem yet find real difficulty relaxing and de-stressing in familiar surroundings.
Whilst there is no one solution for all, I find that clients have not taken even a weekend off, let alone had what might be termed a relaxing holiday. Many clients who have anxiety issues tend always to put the needs of others first and have a guilt complex about taking time to relax or to put themselves first. They see it as ‘selfish’ rather than self care.
One of the natural ways to switch off from all the craziness that is seriously compromising emotional, physical and mental health is by going on a Retreat.
Retreats offer the benefit of physical, emotional and psychological withdrawal from the stresses and strains of everyday life. On retreat, life is simple. Every aspect of each day allows you to relax in a quiet environment in beautiful surroundings, often with walks and some form of meditation/quiet contemplation enabling you to go into a deeper, often ignored, part of yourself. They provide space in which to regain a sense of self, of calm, of sanity.
Benefits of a retreat
- Refreshing, rejuvenating, re-energising and re-empowering
- Deep relaxation and peace
- A shift in perception with a healthier perspective
- Aid to recovery from illness
A Retreat can be a wonderful experience, a booster and an accelerator. Much can be realised in a short time in shifting perception and re-establishing what really matters. However the benefits achieved will be lost unless you take action on your return in respect of self-care to avoid a return to overwhelm and stress overload.