Re . treat
Verb: an act of moving back or withdrawing.
Noun: a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.
Whether the verb or the noun first comes to mind when you hear “retreat” probably depends upon your current life situation!
Retired? Probably the noun. “Mature” worker at a 9-5 or caretaker for a partner or grandchildren? Probably the verb. Regardless of our situation, it’s so important to practice self-care! I don’t know why, but so many of my Boomer women friends admit that, like me, they don’t spend enough time tending to their well-being – physically, mentally, emotionally and especially, spiritually.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be tough to make time for ourselves, whether it be for exercise, meditation, prayer, relaxation, or anything else. But, if we want to be at our best, we need to do everything we can to be our best! If I’m stressed or tired, I’m not my best. If I haven’t put my feet up to read a chapter of a book or devotional, my mind tends to race and wander to all the things I’m worried about. If I don’t spend time in prayer and reflection, I can become overwhelmed and snappish.
The “experts” will tell us that investing in ourselves is the wisest investment we can make. I’m slowly but surely discovering this to be the case. I have so many balls in the air on any given day, there is no way I could keep everything going if I didn’t do some self-care:
- Soak in a tub infused with essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus
- Take a 10-minute stroll around the parking lot on a lunch break at work, or in the neighborhood in the evening
- Read a chapter in a good book or devotional – a no-cost “escape” for a few minutes.
- Pray! Our faith becomes essential as we age. Navigating health concerns, the death of aged family members and friends, and a host of other issues can be overwhelming without it.
- Drink lots of water – I know . . . a double-edged sword (haha)
- Meditate (I’m not overly tech-savvy but I have an app on my phone called Headspace that takes me through 10 minutes of guided meditation)
- Spend time with friends.
Ladies! A recent study indicates that it’s good for our health to spend time with other women.
I have the perfect opportunity for women seeking a weekend away . . . a weekend of discovery, rest, praise, worship and growth — discovering how we are/can be God’s Wonder Woman!
Join me August 2 -4, 2019 at the God’s Wonder Woman Retreat in Montpelier, VA.