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Top Health Benefits of Going to a Personal Retreat

There's a reason why group and personal retreats have become more popular than ever. People recognize what a positive impact they can have on their physical and emotional health. If you are wondering if a retreat would make a difference in your life, consider these benefits that can be yours.

Getting Away From Everyday Stress

There's a lot to be said for getting away from what you see and do every day. A retreat provides the opportunity to be in a new place that has no emotional baggage and provides a respite from everything you normally encounter. This break from the usual routine makes it a little easier to set aside the stress you normally deal with at home, at work, or in some of your relationships. Whether the retreat is a weekend or a longer period of time, the effect is lower stress levels which in turn have a positive impact on your mind and body.

Sunshine and Fresh Air

Life gets busy and you don't have a lot of time to do things outdoors. With many retreats, there's the chance to spend more time in the open air and enjoy refreshing breezes. You also get the chance to spend a little more time in the sunshine and enjoy the benefits that come with feeling the warmth on your skin. Along with increasing your natural production of vitamin D3, being closer to nature for walks or maybe gathering for a therapy session or workshop under a tree can do wonders for your mental processes.

Communicating in a Safe Environment

Maybe one of the reasons you are seeking one on one counseling or attending a weekend retreat is because you've developed difficulty communicating with others. Even when you do, it seems to be coming from a place of anger that leaves you and others feeling frustrated. Within the intentional environment of the retreat, there is time to explore what is happening inside and how you are reacting the way you do. While there may be the need to pursue more in-depth approaches to anger management in Calgary after the retreat is over, the fact that you begin to understand what has led you to this state means it's possible to overcome those factors and once again enjoy interacting with others.

Retreats and Sleep

As any psychotherapist or other medical professional can tell you, inadequate sleep generates all sorts of negative effects on the mind and body. There is more stress on the heart. The immune system will not function as well. People tend to become more easily irritated and have trouble concentrating. Since part of the retreat will focus on letting go of stress and other factors that interfere with sleep, you may have the first truly recuperative rest that's come your way in a long time. As you sleep more soundly each night of the retreat, you'll find it easier to concentrate on the sessions, learn more from them, and begin to feel better about yourself and the world in general.

There are many other ways that retreats are good for the mind and the body. Depending on what sort of situations you are facing, planning to attend a retreat could be just what you need. Resolve to actively participate in whatever is happening at the gathering and see what happens. When it's time to go home, you may find yourself feeling better than you've felt in years.


How Life Coaches Can Help ADHD Patients

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a health condition that affects millions of people. First manifested during adolescence, the condition persists into the adult years. While medication is one of the resources used to help a person with ADHD enjoy a normal life, there are other tools that help improve relationships, the ability to function, and increase self-esteem. Working with an ADHD coach is a good example. Here is what the right approach to coaching can do for the patient.

Restructuring the Physical Environment

Difficulty remaining focused long enough to complete tasks or to absorb information is difficult for a person with ADHD. One of the ways that life coach services help is identifying elements of the physical environment that function as distractions. Those distractions may be occurring in the classroom or at home. To whatever extent is possible, removing those distractions is the first step. Since not all distractions can be removed, techniques designed to harness the strengths of the patient to consciously make the decision to ignore distractions is also part of the process.

Developing the Ability to Prioritize

Organization is often more difficult for people with ADHD. Tasks like organizing a series of tasks into a pattern that is logical and saves time may not come easily. A life coach can help the patient learn how to structure his or her time so that essential tasks are completed, and they are done in an order that limits the need to back-track or engage in unnecessary repetition. The outcome of the organization is that the patient can look back and see how much has been accomplished and have more confidence in managing whatever tasks remain for the day.

Honing Social Skills

The combination of being distracted and having difficulty prioritizing takes a toll on more than academics. It can also make socializing with others more difficult. The life coach can provide a secure setting where patient is able to develop skills that make it possible to reduce the distraction and concentrate on having a conversation one on one or as part of a group. The organizational aspect also makes it easier to select activities that include time spent with friends and loved ones without feeling overwhelmed. Over time, the patient is able to cope with extemporaneous social situations as well as those that are planned.

Setting Goals

Setting goals can be intimidating for anyone with ADHD. One way that a coach will help is to walk the patient through the process of creating a clear process for reaching each of those goals. The point is to take something that seems impossible to accomplish and break it down into a series of tasks that are far less intimidating.

For example, the goal may be to complete a science project in seven calendar days. The process can be broken down so the patient accomplishes one or two tasks daily that lead to finishing on time. One day can focus on securing and organizing the supplies. Each following day may involve devoting a single hour to completing the remaining phases until the project is finished. By the time the seventh day arrives, the project is complete and the goal is reached.

There is no doubt that ADHD coaching in conjunction with counseling and medication can make a positive impact on the patient's life. If you or someone you love is struggling with ADHD, now is the time to consider spending time with a life coach. Doing so could take away some of the frustration and make it easier to cope with whatever life happens to bring your way.


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