Often, our minds are a whirlwind of chaotic thoughts with stressors and worry at the forefront. With our face-paced lives, careers and 24/7 social media, our brains and bodies never get an opportunity to decompress and relax. Racing through life causes us to miss important details and not be fully present in our own lives. Attending a retreat that focuses on slowing your mind down through guided meditation and yoga can help even the busiest human discover inner peace and happiness.
What is a Happiness?
Everyone strives for a happiness that we believe others possess and we do not. However, happiness is attainable but it’s important to point out that it is not your friend or co-worker’s highlight reel on social media. It’s an emotion that is difficult to define yet highly sought after. Many describe happiness as a positive mindset that is synonymous with contentment, satisfaction and living a good life. This mindset is not out of reach. Learning how to let go of emotional blocks and reduce one’s stress levels is a solid start to finding your joy, happiness and peace.
Redefining Your Life
If you’re not familiar with quiet meditation, you’d be surprised at how your thoughts will slow down allowing you to focus on one idea at a time. Guided meditation is perfect for assisting both beginners and experts with remaining present in the here and now. Learning to embrace the moment, rather than looking to the past, can help you reframe your life, mindset and personal goals. Slowing down can also help you see the beauty in nature and notice even the tiniest of details in your surroundings bringing even more fulfillment to your life.
Eating Well for Health and Happiness
Many of us have been under the assumption that high-calorie foods are tastier and therefore, make us happy. Or possibly, you believe that the food you eat has little to do with being happy but research has shown that there is a direct correlation.
A study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states the following: “Research suggests that “healthy” food choices such as eating fruits and vegetables have not only physical but also mental health benefits and might be a long-term investment in future well-being. This view contrasts with the belief that high-caloric foods taste better, make us happy, and alleviate a negative mood.“
Retreats are well-known for offering clean, organic and non-gmo foods that are delicious and enjoyable to eat. Many also have culinary delights for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and the gluten intolerant. If you don’t already find happiness in eating fresh, healthy meals, you will by the conclusion of your retreat.
Benefits of a Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Choosing to embark on a life-changing journey will teach you techniques to balance your physical, energy and emotional self through guided yoga and meditation sessions. You’ll learn to control your breathing while increasing your mental clarity. Caring for your inner wellbeing simplifies the path to personal happiness while delivering the following benefits:
- Learn to relax and de-stress
- Practice mindful meditation
- Increased happiness, joy and contentment
- Improved sleep habits
- Possible relief from anxiety and depression-like symptoms
- Embrace inner peace and self reflection
- Release your past
- Experience improved personal Master yoga movements and breathing techniques
- Develop a sense of personal responsibility
- Increased inspiration and motivation
Experience Happiness, Mindfulness and Inner Peace
Happiness retreats aren’t the answer if you’re looking for a quick fix and some laughs. During a retreat, you’ll experience inner peace, freeing you from past regrets, stress, anxiety and future worries. You’ll learn self-empowering tools to calm your mind and take control of your life so you can enjoy living in the moment. At the end of your stay, your mind will be clear and you’ll feel energized, ready to handle contemporary life without getting bogged down in worry and stress.
- “Healthy food choices are happy food choices: Evidence from a real life sample using smartphone based assessments.” Deborah R. Wahl, Karoline Villinger, Laura M. König, Katrin Ziesemer, Harald T. Schupp, Britta Renner. Sci Rep. 2017; 7: 17069. Published online 2017 Dec 6. Retrieved May 20, 2021 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5719018/