Look after your mental health

Queenly tips for home retreating 

How to look after your mental health
Retreating at home, if only for a short time each day, can help you make the most of your time and emerge strong and ready for anything. Here are some tips from our queenly retreats on how to look after your mental health.

Step away from online offerings

You do not have to say yes to every single course, challenge, Facebook live or meeting request wafting past your nose online. Choose who and what you wish to support. Intentionally. Say NO to all the noise, otherwise you are just fuelling heightened obligation, FOMO and guilt, and replacing one busy-ness with another. What if you are super cool just the way you are – enjoying more time to be with yourself and your family. Figuring out what really matters. Definitely take more naps! – Kate Emmerson of The Writing Room retreats

Choose your thoughts and feelings carefully

Through your self-talk, you continually give instructions to your subconscious, which takes action. When apprehension creeps in, stop and breathe in deeply. Think of something that makes you smile, pause, then turn your thoughts into positive possibilities. Choose to be in control – Wilma Allan, owner of Being at the Cottage, Wales


Watch funny films, stand up comedy online, videos or Netflix, tell each other jokes, tickle your kids. Laughter reduces stress hormones, triggers the release of endorphins and boosts t-cells – something we all need every day, but especially in times of crisis – Sharon and Lauretta Gavin, founders of The Detox Barn, Suffolk, UK

Practice Acceptance

Practising acceptance allows us to find clarity, release tension from mind and body and restore calm. Set aside one hour in your day where you let go of those past, future and ‘what if’ worries and instead allow it all to flow in and out by practising acceptance. Simply create an acceptance mantra such as ‘I accept this thought.’ Then every time a thought comes in that could cause some tension or worry, answer it with your mantra. If you can, set an alarm on your phone and commit to doing this for one hour each day – Nathalie Kealy, founder of Value Your Mind retreats

Plant an artful seed

Mindful art activities are massively helpful when you want to explore your inner world or calm things down. There are some simple creative steps you can explore at your own pace and in your own space to release stress, induce playfulness, get in the flow and enjoy self discoveries – full details here. – Penelope Orfanoudaki, Cretian art therapist and founder of Artful Retreats

Build Resilience

Believing that you have the resilience skills to succeed and keep going, as well as maintaining an open mindset, will enable you to survive, remain productive and even start to flourish during these extremely difficult and testing times – find out how here – Josh Dickson, founder of Resurface Retreats

Deal with negative thinking

We are all susceptible to negative thinking, especially in times of turmoil and stress. Negative thinking affects everything, our mood, our perspective, our relationships and our health, so now is the time to learn how to deal with it – find out how here – Desri Goodwin of Chateau de Mouillac in France

Meet yourself

Find a practice each and every day where you can ‘meet’ yourself inside of yourself and nourish your connection to the love and peace that’s already  in your heart – Trish Whelan, founder of  Soul Adventures, Ibiza


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