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.
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.
Love Lizzie x