Why taking a Retreat Supercharges Your Productivity

January 4, 2022

Contributed by:

Gemma Clarke

At Tripsha, we believe that everyone should go on a retreat once a year. Retreats are great for all aspects of your physical and mental health. Taking periodic breaks away also has a positive impact on your work life. Whether you choose a wellness, spiritual, or adventure retreat, the holistic environment in nature can help you to refocus and realign with your vision.

Here are five ways going on a retreat can supercharge your productivity, performance, and creativity. 

1. When you go on a retreat, you feel your worries melt away.

One of the main reasons many people take a retreat is to let go of the stress and anxiety that has been building up in their work and home life. A change of environment is tremendous for our mental health. Moreover, when that new environment is somewhere quiet, calm, and surrounded by nature, you’ll soon forget about all those issues you’ve been stressing over for the last few months. 

What’s more, you’ll see how people in other parts of the world live and will experience different cultures. This opens your eyes to the things you often portray as ‘problems’. You realise they are not that bad in hindsight. When you return home, you’ll find the usual daily stressors don’t deter you from your goals so easily. Therefore, you’re able to stay more centered, focused, and achieve more.

2. Time in nature can give you a fresh perspective.

It’s no secret that nature is good for us. Time in nature enhances our well-being in many ways. It can lower your blood pressure, improve the function of your immune system, reduce muscle tension, and help you sleep better.

Furthermore, spending time in nature, especially when you usually live in a city, can change the way you think and see things. When you wake up every morning to the sounds of the birds rather than the traffic, your busy “monkey mind” starts to feel less foggy, just like a cloudy sky becoming clear. 

One reason for this is that the improved air quality causes your cognition (the mental processes involved in thinking and problem-solving) to soar. This allows you to access higher functions of the brain that stimulate imagination and planning. When on a retreat, many people find a solution to an issue that has been troubling them for months. Others experience a spark of creativity, or even their next big idea.

3. Retreats give you a much-needed energy boost.

Lots of people arrive at a retreat feeling totally burnt out and overworked. Burnout not only reduces productivity and saps your energy, but it increases your chance of developing many diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. 

However, retreats are the perfect antidote for burnout and emotional exhaustion as you allow yourself to slow down and you nourish your body with nutritious, clean food and daily movement. On top of this, wellness style retreats include meditation and breathwork, giving you a space to connect back to yourself and your breath. 

Deep and slow breathing techniques used in yoga and meditation have been scientifically proven to rebalance your nervous system, bringing you into a state of rest and digestion. This allows your body to recover from exhaustion and recharge your energy. 

Even if your retreat does not include these practices, you will find yourself naturally breathing slower, deeper, and more mindfully in the fresh air and tranquil environment. Therefore, when you return home you’ll feel much more productive and motivated than you’ve felt in a long time.

4. You feel long-lasting positivity after a retreat.

The combination of nature, nutritious food, physical exercise, and mindful practices increases your mood so much that you’ll leave oozing positivity. Moreover, retreats have very positive and supportive environments where you quickly form close bonds with the other attendees. 

Your retreat group often becomes a supportive circle of like-minded people who will uplift you and help you break through what is causing you to feel stuck. The experience of a retreat changes you on a deep level. When you return home, you’ll likely find yourself reflecting on the conversations you had with your retreat buddies. Their words will continue to motivate you to keep taking action and move towards your goals. 

This positivity is much greater than the good feelings you have after a vacation. Post-vacation happiness is often short-lived. Many people find that they lose the positivity they felt on vacation as soon as they return to work. This is because while a holiday makes you happy, there is no personal growth or transformation and, therefore, no lasting change.

5. You truly unwind and switch off.

Vacations can be so jam-packed that you arrive home more tired than when you went away. When you go away as a tourist, you want to see and experience everything and make the most of your break.

Retreats, however, focus on self-care and recharging. While they do have itineraries and there will be lots of activities to enjoy, there will always be plenty of downtime in your days. Plus, the things you do on a retreat increase your energy rather than deplete it further. With activities like yoga and meditation classes, massages, and hiking in nature, you have the chance to properly relax and take care of your body, mind, and spirit.

While every retreat is different, I’ve found many retreats encourage you to leave your phone in your room and reduce your screen time. The purpose of a retreat is not only to take a break from your life back home. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on how you live your life. You can only really do that if you’re not checking your emails and social media notifications every day. 

Final thoughts

Retreats offer a refuge from our fast-paced lifestyles. They revitalize our bodies, minds, and spirits and empower us to reach our work and personal goals. Taking a retreat somewhere surrounded by nature once a year will uplevel all areas of your life more than you could ever imagine.

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