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Life is on pause. Our diaries are empty. We have no social commitments.
We are all living a life in the slow lane (or “slower lane”). We now have time for walks. We now have time for home exercise circuits.
We now have time for making green smoothies. But are we using this free time wisely?
I’ve got three little kids and a business in pause mode (I won’t go into the heart-wrenching fortnight I’ve experienced—it’s time to look forward, not back!), so I’m taking this lockdown opportunity to practice self-care and work on restoring my core after three C-sections in four years!
How about we create our very own “at-home lockdown retreat” for three days? Let’s commit together. I’m starting this Friday 3 April. Yes, I’m still homeschooling (and attempting to run my dwindling Hydrotherapy business remotely)—I’m just going to add a few self-care initiatives. I may even teach my five year old how to make a face mask from scratch!
It’s only three days. Who is joining me?!
Every year I used to commit to a yoga retreat. Full immersion, no phone, healthy eating, exercise, positive mindset, goal setting, R & R and sleep. I’ve been to Bali, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Byron Bay, Noosa, Bayley Point, Kangaroo Valley, etc.
I now have three kids. I now live in a ‘fantastic mess‘, and let’s face it, we can’t travel anywhere for a retreat, so why not make our own (individually crafted to suit our own lifestyle and commitments).
Here’s a copy of my plan for this Friday’s retreat. Every 2-3 months I do an at-home retreat, and the plan changes, depending on what I need—this particular retreat I want to improve my cardio fitness (now that I have time!), core strength and pelvic floor, kick start a gut cleanse & find a quiet space once a day.
Here are four FREE things you can do with me during our retreat together
2) 9 pm on Friday 3 April—FREE LIVE Guided Meditation with Dee Brennan from Thinkoutloud—WINEFUL (grab your wine and a quiet place to relax and be mindful). Live on Instagram or private group on Thinkoutlouds Facebook page.
3) 11 am: on Saturday 4 April—LIVE workout for 20 minutes with me on the Capital Hydrotherapy Facebook page (core and pelvic floor focus)
4) 8 pm on Sunday 5 April—30 minutes YIN Yoga poses.
Here’s your free playlist music:
And, your YIN YOGA POSES program (download it here).
Hold the gentle stretches for 3-5 minutes, breathe into the position, hold the edge of stretch, and feel the fascia release. Don’t push into the pose.
This is how I am making my retreat happen:
1) Clean the house the day before, as there is NO CLEANING on retreat
For me, this is a priority. I love an organised, clean (ish) house—and doing yoga and meditation when you can see visible chunks of dog hair, hard play-doh from five days ago and crackers isn’t conducive to a still mind!
2) Print the schedule off, and put it on the fridge
Choose five things you want to tick off each day for your retreat. Here’s a blank PDF to fill in!
Welcome to email me—firstname.lastname@example.org—if you need help with your retreats schedule (or welcome to copy mine!).
3) Make sure there’s a mixture of mind, body and soul activities on the list
Have a theme. My theme is: “Ease. Heart. Heal”.
I need a lot of heart healing after the past fortnight with my poor little business—and I’m sure many of you agree! How does it take nine years to build a business, and nine hours to destroy it? I won’t mention it again (I’m not looking back, I’m moving forward, right!).
4) Set a budget
It won’t be a big budget as most wellness places are closed (nails, beauticians, massage, etc).
If you’ve got $6 to your name—make your own face mask with boiled oats and avocado; drink hot water; improve your sleep hygiene; positive self-talk; social distancing walks; gratitude journal; yoga on YouTube; free LIVE meditation with Thinkoutloud—the low budget list is endless.
5) Have a retreat buddy
Everyone needs support during these isolating times.
You can do your retreats separately and still keep each other accountable. Check in every day, and keep each other motivated and inspired.
If you don’t have three days available, then just do one day to start with (or a couple of ½ days).
If you can’t find one 1/2 day—then you have a problem my friend…I’m surprised you’ve even read this far!
It’s our time to SHINE in the slow lane. Who’s with me?