Queenly tips for home retreating
How to establish a daily routine
We are thinking of all our readers as many of us face isolation, financial rockiness and anxiety over ourselves, our loved ones and communities. Now could be the right time to retreat at home – if only for a short time each day – to help make the most of your time and emerge strong and ready for anything. Here are some quick tips from our queenly retreats on how to establish a daily routine.
Daily structure really helps you stay productive, happy and avoid anxiety and depression. Little rituals ground the structure. You could get up at the same time each morning, meditate or do yoga, have a shower, oil your body, and then a wholesome breakfast. Have quality time with your children until lunch, then work in the afternoons until supper – whatever works for you. You could make one day a week, make it a cleaning day and another a shopping day – Gertrud Keazor, founder of Yobaba Lounge retreats, France
Start your day with intentionality
Intentionality is the invisible scaffolding that will give passion and purpose to how you live your life. This could be an inspirational quote or a simple affirmation that uplifts and inspires you. Every morning, on waking, I say a daily aspiration. It reminds me of who I want to be and how I want to live. Whatever your practice, now is the perfect time to start. Be realistic with how much time you allocate – you could do a ten minute meditation followed by 30 minutes of yoga, but if you can only manage to say out loud a favourite quote, that’s ok too – Olivia Clarke, founder of The Coach House Retreat, Wales
Bring the outside in
Take advantage of nature and its positive effects on our wellbeing by bringing the outdoors in: fresh flowers and plants will lift your mood; candles scented with lavender, rosemary and mint help relieve stress; meals made from natural local ingredients will nourish your body – Maryann Richmond-Coggan, owner of Green Farm, Kent
By choosing to digitally detox for a set time each day, you give yourself a break from the current explosion of digital information and some time to reflect and practice some simple self-care. Put your devices down and try reconnecting with nature if you can, or spend time making your home feel good, whether that’s declutter or re-arrange a room, trying a new recipe or having a relaxing bath. Your digital detox time should be peaceful, where you do something gentle to help you relax and feel better – Jools Sampson, founder of Reclaim your Self
Move in a way you love
Move purposely for 30 minutes every day, but choose activities that are pleasant and exciting for you, as this will stimulate the neurotransmitters and hormones such as endorphins and dopamine that make you feel satisfied and positive and support the muscle oxygenation which improves your immune system – Erica D’Angelo, Director of Wellbeing at Borgo Egnazia, Italy
Have you recently booked a retreat or are you considering booking one? All the retreats that form part of our collection care deeply about your wellbeing – please contact them directly for the most up to date health and travel advice and take a look at the World Health Organisation guidelines.