Family life today can quickly become fragmented and frazzled. The rigors of unrelenting work life, never ending after school activities, fluctuating meal times and the increase of separate screen time result in families that are rushing around rather than spending quality time connecting. Sure, vacations can bring families together but many are fraught with identical issues: hustling to the next activity, long travel days that lead to bickering, and little noses buried in smart phones or tablets rather than enjoying the present moment. More and more families opt to skip the standard family vacation and instead head to a family-friendly wellness retreat to reset themselves, reconnect with their loved ones and establish healthy new habits for all.
If you’re thinking of booking a stay at a wellness or weight loss retreat for your family, here’s what you need to know.
Retreats shift the focus back to family
Retreats help you slow down and focus on yourself, your relationships, and how you can strengthen your family’s bond. Activities are designed to encourage each family member to participate in new experiences that lead to personal growth. By adopting a willingness to explore your own well-being and your relationships, you set a powerful and inspiring example for your family members.
Reduce travel stress by going all-inclusive
All-inclusive retreats reduce logistical stresses, freeing you up to enjoy time with your family instead of worrying what’s happening next. Your retreat or weight loss spa will handle all key planning details, including meals, activities and accommodations, so you can focus on learning new techniques and tools that will enrich your family life.
Get inspired by new activities
New experiences draw families closer together. Your wellness retreat provides a supportive environment where you and your family members are encouraged to take risks and try new things. These often include adventurous new fitness routines, goal-setting exercises and emotional wellbeing activities. Participating in these unfamiliar activities helps families learn surprising new things about one another and increases intimacy and bonds between parents and children.
Learn healthy tools and tips to take back home
Experts at wellness or weight loss retreats want to help your family enact lasting change. Most retreats feature classes and workshops to educate your family about nutrition, healthy weight loss, stress management and overall wellbeing. By removing yourself from your usual environment and surrounding yourself with experts and other like-minded individuals, you lock in beneficial knowledge that will serve you when you’re back at home. When each family member feels responsible for lasting success and openly supports the family’s objectives, the odds increase that your new habits will stick.
Participating in a family wellness retreat is a fun way to connect with family members while adopting healthy new physical and emotional habits. Get everyone excited by researching retreats that have programs designed for all ages and share information with your family before booking. During your retreat, enjoy surprises, adventure and new ideas designed to bring your family closer together. Expect to leave the retreat with lasting family memories and a new, shared outlook on life.