Though scheduling a vacation feels great, your joyous getaway might leave you feeling worse than you did before you went. Whether it’s work stress that comes from fewer check-ins, all-inclusive eats and drinks, or too much fun in the sun, it’s easy to overindulge once you’ve made a great escape. Wellness retreats, on the other hand, are a super healthy alternative that allow you to truly unplug, nourish your bod and get your natural rhythms back on track. Not convinced? Here are five reasons to consider taking a wellness retreat this year.
As awesome as they are, indulgent vacations make it easy to forget about the healthy eating habits and exercise patterns you’ve been working hard to establish. This is especially true for all-inclusive trips that offer non-stop food and drink throughout the duration of your journey. A wellness retreat, on the other hand, encourages well-balanced eating and regular movement. Even more, a pre-set menu each day will give your mind a break from planning while ensuring that you still get nutritious fuel.
A real digital detox.
If you’ve found it tough to step away from email or social media on vacation as many people do, a wellness retreat might be just what you need. Many health-focused getaways encourage a true digital detox and ban bringing your device with you to activities, meals, and more.
Soaking up the sun at the beach on your usual vacation might leave you beautifully bronzed, but research reveals that it’s not great for your skin. Instead, treat yourself to thermal pools, a warm soak or a deep-tissue massage during your retreat. Not only will you enjoy the same relaxing vibes, but you’ll do good for your bod from the inside out while releasing anxiety and restoring the feel-good energy that comes with any good getaway.
A circle of like-minded new friends.
Birds of a feather flock together, so you’re likely to love spending time with other people who appreciate and have prioritized balanced living. Even more, the team activities and group adventures offered at your destination can be the perfect way to get to know someone new in a comfortable and authentic way—science shows that shared experiences help create meaningful connections between people.
Experiences to remember forever.
Whether you find yourself surfing for the first time, climbing mountains with new friends or trying (and loving) food you swore you’d never eat, your retreat will enrich your life with new experiences that’ll stick with you for a long time to come. You might recreate aspects of your favorite moments at home too, adding healthy new elements like phone-free time, meditation or a morning pick me-up to your regular routine.