You've had quite a year, or maybe a few years. It's time to really do something that's just for you, and that's where a wellness retreat comes in. But how do you choose the right one? Ironically, just as you're trying to find a way to de-stress, this can hurl a major source of stress right into the middle of your life. You don't want to spend your limited time and money on a wellness vacation that leaves you feeling worse than you did when you arrived, but sifting through the options can be overwhelming. Consider the points below as you narrow down your choice.
There are Many Options
The first thing to do is rid yourself of the idea that there is one true wellness retreat that's the only right one for you, and you have to find it. It will take pressure off at the outset if you realize that there are going to be good options and that you don't have to choose the perfect one, just the one among many that you'll enjoy.
Cost is going to be a limiting factor for almost everyone, but you're not stuck with just whatever is in your bank account. Before you reach for the plastic, consider a personal loan. Personal loans can be superior to paying by credit card because of lower interest rates. Applying online can be easy and fast, and a loan can significantly expand the range of options available to you.
Think carefully about what kind of an experience you want to have. If you want to take care of your mental health there is no one size fits all. Choosing a rustic week in the jungle when what you really want is to be pampered with regular access to a spa can really upend your plans for relaxation. Are you looking for a luxury retreat, do you want to rough it or are you happy with something in between? Do you want to sleep in a yurt, a tent, a bunkhouse, or a nice boutique room?
Be honest with yourself. It can be easy to look at what others are doing and feel that you should follow their ideas of wellness, but you don't have to go for rigorous yoga and meditation sessions in between meals of raw food when you're after something a little less structured and more indulgent. Think as well whether you prefer an urban or more nature-focused experience and whether you want to remain in the United States or travel to another country. Another consideration is whether you are interested in an experience that has a specifically environmental component. If so, you may want to consider an eco-retreat.
There are several things to keep in mind when it comes to time. One, of course, is how much of it you have: is it a weekend, a few days, or a couple of weeks or more? The less time you have, the closer to home you'll need to stay to get the full benefit of your time off. You don't want to spend half of your trip in airports and adjusting to jet lag. Another element is the time of year in relation to where you want to go. Thailand might be heavenly in January but miserable during the rainy season. Iceland is amazing in summer but might present some challenges in the dead of winter.
Finally, you need to take a look at the program itself. Do your research. Read reviews. Research the program leaders, including ensuring that they have the experience and background to facilitate the activities that interest you. Check out their social media accounts to get a feel for them. Dig into other details as well. If you have specific dietary needs or wishes, such as eating gluten-free, is that option available? Do you want a schedule that hauls you out of bed at 7 in the morning and keeps you busy for much of the day, or do you prefer the opportunity to drop into classes or activities as they spark your interest? Will you be going alone or with a friend or a partner, and how much interaction do you want with other participants? The more detailed you can be in answering these and similar questions, the more likely it is your choice will be a satisfactory one.