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You Need This DIY At-Home Retreat For The Ultimate Self-Care Day

Can’t dish out hundreds of dollars on a wellness retreat? Now you can reap the benefits with a DIY an at-home, self-love retreat right in your living room.

Retreats are important opportunities to reflect and reset. Block out a full day, without distractions, to give your body and mind time to renew itself, set intentions for the season, become mindful of your body’s needs, and get inspired.

The benefit of a DIY, at-home retreat is that it can be tailor-made to your needs and your hobbies. No one can prescribe better than you on what you need to relax and rejuvenate. For some, that may be a day without electronics while for others, time spent listening to music. With a little preparation, you can design your own DIY, at-home self-care retreat this weekend. Give yourself a well-needed break by following these guidelines and schedule.

The Rules

1. Unplug completely. No phones, TVs, or laptops allowed. Keep your electronics turned off and put away into the closet.

2. The only electronics exception is to stream restorative yoga workouts.

3. Grocery shop in advance for healthy meals throughout the day

4. Purchase or borrow some of those self-improvement books you’ve been meaning to read, such as Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

5. If there are other members in your household, let them know that you’ll be unavailable that day. If you have kids, ask your partner to take them out for a day and arrange their activities.

6. Organize any self-care items that you’d like to include, such as face masks, bath bombs, or candles.

7. Don’t drink alcohol the night before. It will disrupt your sleep.

8. On that note, turn off your alarm. This DIY retreat allows time for you to sleep in.

Schedule for Your DIY At-Home, Self-Care Retreat

7:30 – 9:00 AM

Wake up without an alarm and lounge in bed (turn off your phone the night before and continue to keep it off all day). Have a book by the bedside table in case you wake up before 9:00 AM

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Restorative yoga (try Beachbody On Demand Yoga Studio: 3 Week Yoga Retreat, Day 3: Balance, 28 minutes)

9:45 – 10:00 AM

Make a digestive pre-breakfast infusion (our favorite is with hot water, a capful of apple cider vinegar, a lemon slice, and a dash of cinnamon)

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Sitting meditation and setting your daily intention

10:30 – 11:15 AM

Cook a healthy breakfast (try oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon, and a banana with a cup of coffee and almond milk)

11:15 – 12:30 PM

Inspirational and self-improvement reading

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Walking, hiking, or jogging meditation outside (yes, rain or shine!)

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Lunch (try a simple tofu stir fry with green beans, carrots, and broccoli over brown rice)

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Journaling, writing, or another creative hobby like painting

3:30 – 5:15 PM

Inspirational reading

5:15 – 6:00 PM

Light stretching

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Dinner (try a spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic dressing with fresh sourdough bread)

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Hot bath and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with cucumber water. Save some cool cucumbers for your eyes as well!

8:30 – 9:00 PM

Spend time pampering yourself and relaxing with a face mask while tidying and “closing down” before bed

9:00 – 9:30 PM

Silent meditation focused on what you are grateful for. Finish with a journal entry about what you liked about the day and ideas for a future DIY personal retreat

9:30 PM

Well-needed, restful sleep after a day focused on you and your wellbeing. Goodnight!

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