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Monday, October 8, 2012

Learning to Relax: Going on an Internal Retreat

Learning to Relax:  Going on an Internal Retreat
Taking time to yourself to relax is an important part of self care, especially for people who spend most of their time taking care of others.  Generally, when we think of retreats, we think of going away somewhere to get away from everything.  Places like Omega in Rhinebeck, NY or Kripalu in Lenox, MA offer retreats for people who want to relax and get away from it all for a day, a weekend or longer.   Spa Finder also offers a lot of information about getting away to various spas.  

But there are times when we can't get a way to a spa or a weekend retreat.  So, can we get some of the benefits of going on a retreat without actually going anywhere?

What is a "retreat"?
Let's first look at the definition of the word "retreat."

Here are some common definitions:

     "a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet"

     "move away, as for privacy"

     "hideaway: an area where you can be alone"

Going on an Internal Retreat

An Internal Retreat:  Relaxation, Peace, Calm
Notice that in these particular definitions above it says nothing about having to book a spa weekend or a yoga or spiritual retreat. The emphasis is on moving away and finding privacy to find peace and quiet.

So while a retreat can be an external place, more importantly, it's a calm internal place that you go to in your mind when you have quiet and privacy to enter into that part of your internal world.

It's so important to your personal well being to have a time and place where you can retreat into your internal world and relax for at least a few minutes. Most people know this, but it's so easy forget.

Internal Retreat:  Taking a Few Minutes to Yourself to Relax

Internal Retreat:  You Can Take a Few Minute to Relax at the Office
When you have privacy and some quiet time, an internal retreat can be as little as 5 or 10 minutes of just focusing on your breathing. Often, it's a matter of developing this habit and making it a regular part of your normal day. The benefits to your overall health and well being can be tremendous.

We can learn a lot from our pets, who know how to relax at just about any time and place.

Our Pets Can Teach Us a Lot About How to Relax

Cats Know How to Relax Anytime and Anywhere
Dogs Know How to Relax

Relaxing and Getting Ready for a Cat Nap

If you do get a chance to go out into nature, even if it's just for a short time, you can feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

An Internal Retreat Can Be Taking a Break to Go Outside, Even For a Few Minutes

Even a Short Walk Can Help You to Relax

I am a licensed NYC psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing therapist.   I work with individual adults and couples.  

I help clients in my psychotherapy practice to learn self care and how to relax in their everyday lives.

To find out more about me, visit my website: Josephine Ferraro, LCSW - NYC Psychotherapist

To set up a consultation, feel free to call me at (212) 726-1006.

Also, see my articles on Mindfulness Meditation and Solitude vs Loneliness.

Photo Credits:  Photo Pin

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