Whether you’re responsible for a partner, children, elderly relatives or a small menagerie of animals, caring for others can make it difficult to escape a constant stream of physical, emotional and domestic demands.

At State of Liberty, we’re acutely aware of this challenge and have kept it in mind while designing our online wellbeing retreats. Beyond the weekend itself, we want you to achieve sustainable wellbeing, integrating self-care practices into your daily life and creating a routine that works alongside your other responsibilities.

Juggling work, children, domestic chores and social engagements in addition to your own needs can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed and tired. You probably need a wellbeing retreat more than most, but how do you participate at home when that’s where your time and energy is in such short supply?

Prioritise Your Own Needs

Many people, particularly caregivers, feel selfish if they take time for themselves or tend to their own needs. As Sas mentioned in her recent post about self-care and resilience, prioritising your own wellbeing is an act of self-compassion, making you stronger and more solid for everyone and everything in your life.

Taking a break from family can cause guilt and anxiety. It’s important to remember that time to yourself will re-energise you, leaving you better equipped to deal with the physical and emotional demands of life with kids.   

 Plan and Prepare

We share the schedule for each of our retreats one week in advance, giving you plenty of time to formulate a plan with your partner and children. Explain why you’re taking part and why you need their support. Help them understand that taking care of yourself will benefit the whole family.

Our Spring Retreat is also taking place over a bank holiday, allowing you an extra day for family time and domestic chores. If you need to work through any laundry, cooking or cleaning, try using this mindfulness exercise to help you approach each task in a calm, peaceful way.    

Ask for Help

As the retreat draws near, make sure you’re delegating domestic tasks and enlisting the help of others. Can someone take care of the children for a few hours? Could your partner make sure the dog is fed and walked?   

Asking for help is not a weakness, it’s a sign of strength. At some point, even the most accomplished people need assistance or support. It’s time to stop believing you must be the one who does it all and start accepting you’re only one person. Once you realise you’re worthy of the luxury of receiving help from others, your world will open up, allowing you more time to do things that nourish and inspire you.

 Take Your Time

Along with ongoing support via our forum, the content of each retreat will be available after the weekend has come to an end. If you’re unable to complete all the practices while the retreat is taking place, you can continue working through them at your own pace.

You Cannot Pour from An Empty Cup

Self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to our physical, emotional and mental health, enabling us to successfully overcome difficulties, care for others and achieve what we want out of life.

You can read more about our Spring Wellbeing Retreat and book your place here.

Love Lizzie x

 

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Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Written by Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Hello, I’m Lizzie, founder of State of Liberty and holistic chef. My personal journey through life has given me a deep connection to a plethora of wellbeing practices. All have had a positive impact on me and are included in our online retreats. I have worked as a nutritionist and holistic chef on wellbeing retreats around the world and lived in India for 7 years working on yoga retreats, which eventually culminated in the opening of my own natural food cafe where I served yogis after their morning practice. This yoga lifestyle allowed me to practise every day and benefit from a wide range of experienced teachers. Home is now Bristol where I’ve been living for the past 8 years. I have another business called Wedding Yurts, and we host celebrations all over the UK in our beautiful handcrafted yurt venue. Life is busy! I support myself by eating well, drinking lots of water, regularly practising yoga, meditating and getting plenty of sleep. ‘Lokah samastash sukhino bhavantu’ ‘May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to happiness and freedom for all’. This beautiful Sanskrit mantra perfectly captures my vision for State of Liberty. We are all unique and we all have our own stories to tell. Understanding your story empowers you to discover true health. You are the only person who can heal yourself because you are the only person holding the knowledge of who you really are. Together with the rest of the SOL team, my intention is to create a inspiring, supportive and safe online wellbeing platform. I believe that with the right tools and support, everyone can improve their health and wellbeing in a natural and holistic manner. When I’m not working, I enjoy travelling and spending time outdoors. My partner and I regularly escape to Hungary where we own a little wine house in the forest. The windows are wonky and it’s really quite wild. Located in the middle of nowhere, it’s incredibly quiet and at night, pitch black. For us, it’s the perfect contrast to city life.