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How to DIY an at-home retreat with a focus on self-care habits

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Have you ever wanted to create your very own at-home retreat?

Carve time out to read? Allow yourself time to pop on a face mask? Yoga? Walk in nature? Breakfast in silence? Green juice? Organise your fresh food shop?

Committing to a wellbeing retreat, allows you to kick start some momentum to make changes to your daily grind.

The past two weeks, my columns have been about setting you up for the ‘The Little Habits Retreat’. An immersion (or retreat) is the perfect time to start your daily self-care habits.

How about we create our very own at-home Little Habits Retreat, for two days? Let’s commit together. It’s school holidays this week, so I’m starting on Friday 24 July. I’m going to commit to four self-care initiatives each day.

Here’s your planner. Download a print-friendly version here.

It’s only two 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 and the Blue Mountains.

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 retreat to suit your lifestyle and commitments?

Every three months I schedule an at-home retreat, and the plan changes, depending on what I need.

This particular retreat, I want to re-visit my core strength program (three kids and being 40+ means I need to focus on that midsection more than ever!) and adopt some more calm into my day.

This is how I am making it happen:

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. Practising 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!

Print the schedule off, and put it on the fridge

Choose four things you want to achieve each day for your retreat. Welcome to email me—kirra@capitalhydrotherapy.com.au—if you need help with your retreats schedule.

Make sure there is a mixture of mind, body and soul activities on the list.

Have a theme

My theme is: “Ease into it”.

Set a budget

It doesn’t have to be big budget—we’re crawling out of a pandemic after all, so take it easy on the wallet.

My Capital Hydrotherapy business has been semi-closed for 4 ½ months (till last week), so I’ll budgeting for the rest of 2020 (and I’m ok with that!).

If you’ve got $6 to your name, make your own face mask with boiled oats and avocado; drink hot water and lemon; improve your sleep hygiene; positive self-talk; social distancing walks; gratitude journal and yoga on YouTube…the low budget list is endless.

Have a retreat buddy

Everyone needs support. You can do the retreat separately and still keep each other accountable. Check-in every day, and keep each other motivated and inspired.

If you don’t have two 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 easy lane. Who’s with me?

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