Even if you aren’t going to a tropical destination for spring break, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing week off from the daily stresses life bring.
And what better way to celebrate the (hopefully soon!) arrival of spring than a wellness retreat? No plane tickets required. Your only requirement is to allow yourself to relax and receive every ounce of TLC you deserve.
Those of us in college have our yearly week of spring break, but regardless on your schedule, there’s always time to fit in a little wellness retreat into a week that might otherwise drag on as another few days of the typical routine. Why not mix it up a little bit? Who knows what might come from it…
How you choose to spend your precious free time is up to you, but I have a few suggestions to get the ball rolling on your spring break wellness retreat. These are simple ideas, but I think they provide a great foundation to starting a fresh new season on the right foot. Or left; whichever you prefer.
1. Social media/technology detox.
Spring break is known for everybody sharing their adventures online, smiling photos with friends on a beach. If you’re one of the ones staying closer to home, the FOMO (fear of missing out) is real.
Just because you aren’t jet-setting this week doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time off. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to step back from the noise of social media, even if it’s for one day or afternoon, and allow yourself to simply be in the present moment.
Unplug from your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every other platform you’re usually mindlessly scrolling through. Instead, allow yourself this time to not feel obligated to share everything going on or feel that unease that comes when we compare each other. Especially when we’re busy and in the hustle of weekly routines, that’s when we seem to go to social media more. Notice the difference you feel without a phone in your hand, to simply exist without updating your profile, and maybe you’ll seek out more opportunities to unplug.
2. Declutter and organize.
There’s a reason we want to clean in the spring: once we’re burrowing out from underneath our layers of warmth, we open our eyes to all the things we have and the piles of clutter they turn into.
A wellness retreat goes beyond your body and also includes your living space. Lighten your load now that you have a break and really decide what you need and don’t need. Not only is it beyond satisfying to clean and organize, but if you have extra items you aren’t using anymore, giving them to a charitable organization or a better home for others to enjoy is even better.
Tackle one area at a time, or just focus all your attention on whatever is most cluttered to you. I know I really need to sort through my wardrobe and narrow down whatever is stuffed into my closet, but maybe your desk is piled up or your kitchen drawers have all turned into junk drawers. You don’t have to even get rid of anything if you don’t want to or the whole minimalism trend seems overwhelming. You can just reorganize what you do have or move things around for a nice, fresh change of scenery.
Whatever it is, take on that task and conquer it, and then get ready to feel super productive and accomplished.
3. Create something.
In a typical week, those little activities or passion projects we love to do tend to take the back burner to any assignment or work task we need to get done. But if you have some free time, make your wellness retreat a satisfying one by letting your creativity soar.
We make excuses too often to deprioritize what we really love to do because it’s not on a tight deadline, or it’s not directly contributing to major academic and work goals. You can’t make a solid career out of mediocre art, random pieces of poetry, or DIY Pinterest projects…but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them. In the long run, they’re just as important as our growing to-do lists because we’ll feel more fulfilled and creative.
Plus, when you aren’t glued to your phone 24/7, it turns out you have a lot more free time than you expected. Making the goal to consume less than we create is a great way to explore our interests and actively hone in on what truly brings us joy.
4. Let go of what’s dragging you down.
I eave this last suggestion fairly vague because who knows what you might think of that’s dragging you down. Do you have people in your life who aren’t nurturing your best self? Are you holding yourself back with insecurity and fear?
Spring break is a time for decluttering your space, external and internal. Those little hesitations and regrets might seem insignificant, but they can add up quickly. Left unacknowledged, and they grow into giants that weigh us down from fully enjoying and appreciating life.
This is a process that will probably take longer than a week of spring break to work through, but I challenge you to start the process during your wellness retreat. List out the people and influences that support you and bring you joy, and then see what might be extra weight to your conscious.
If you have regrets about past experiences, work through what specifically is bothering you and take it as a lesson to learn from. If you have some people in your life not positively serving you, start to distance yourself away from them and toward those who deserve to be in your life. Because you deserve love surrounding you and love to radiate from within.
My goal for you is that you can continue these habits past spring break because any moment is a chance to treat ourselves well. It’s not an overnight process, nor is it a week-long process, but one that you’ll continue to pursue every single day of your life.
Chase your definition of wellness. Retreat from the stress. And have a wonderful spring break.
Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie