Everyone knows that taking a break from our day-to-day stresses is important. In our fast-paced world of juggling long work hours, social engagements, family obligations and constant contact with technology, getaways have become a vital part of avoiding burnout.
However, traditional vacations can actually leave us feeling more burned out. When planning a trip, we tend to try and cram a lot of activity into our time, overindulge, or just generally fail to get enough actual rest or downtime. Coming home from a break, you should be recharged, refreshed and ready to get back into the mix of your normal life.
Here’s where a yoga vacation in Costa Rica comes in. Not only will you be rested and rejuvenated by your time at the Goddess Garden, you will bring skills home with you to combat stress until your next trip.
Read on for 7 common signs of burnout and how your yoga vacation can help!
Symptom #1: Fatigue or Lack of Energy
It’s very common for stress to impact your sleeping patterns. It’s probable that if you have too much on your plate, you have a lot on your mind, which can lead to difficulty falling or staying asleep.
Yoga and meditation are proven to help promote healthy sleeping habits. These practices cultivate inner peace and a quiet mind, and help you get the exercise your body needs. During a week-long yoga vacation in Costa Rica will jump-start your healthy routine of mindfulness, mental quietude and a consistent sleep schedule. This can create a great foundation for a lasting daily schedule that will help you combat and prevent sleep disturbances due to stress.
Symptom #2: Poor Diet and Lack of Exercise
When stressed, we tend to make easy rather than healthy choices, and we choose foods and activities that help us escape rather than improving our health. After a stressful day, it’s common to reach for a glass of wine and comfort food, and it’s hard to feel motivated to exercise.
A traditional resort vacation or cruise will typically just allow you to continue these behaviors that aren’t actually relieving your stress, resulting in a trip that is not exactly refreshing or beneficial. A yoga vacation to Costa Rica will encourage you to sleep well, eat healthy, and meditate and exercise every day for a truly rejuvenating and refreshing experience.
Although we know that healthy choices assist us in coping with stress, we often get into unhealthy patterns that are hard to break. Setting up a consistent routine of intentional lifestyle habits will give you something to turn to when stress gets out of hand, and can even stop it from doing so in the first place.
Symptom #3: Physical Ailments
Back pain, headaches, eye strain and consistently being sick are all symptoms of stress. The repetitive activities you do during our day brings you out of alignment, and yoga works to combat this imbalance. Not only will your retreat start to give you relief from these symptoms, you’ll also have a lasting practice to use on a regular basis to keep them from coming back.
Symptom #4: You’re Bored or Have Trouble Getting Excited About Things
Boredom and restlessness are unfortunate side effects of burnout. One great thing about booking your vacation is that it gives you something to look forward to, which can be reviving on its own. But making sure you spend your time off doing something to truly recharge you can be the best thing you do for yourself all year.
A yoga vacation to Costa Rica will give you time to decompress and rest, but also to add some adventure to your life. Traveling to a foreign country is always an adventure, and our eco tours are sure to help make your trip even more unforgettable. There’s nothing like a great memory of a fun, challenging adventure to combat the doldrums of everyday life!
Symptom #5: Withdrawal From Social Situations
Being burned out can make it so all you want to do is be alone because you’re not getting properly recharged. It’s hard to have energy for interacting with other people when stress has gotten the best of you. You may become easily frustrated with people, or be experiencing a change in your demeanor.
Participating in one of our retreats will enable you to surround yourself with supportive, like-minded people. Your interactions are sure to be positive, and you’ll probably make lasting friends. It’s hard not to engage in a place like this! The perspectives and good energy you will receive from your teacher, your fellow yogis, and our attentive staff are sure to recharge your social batteries.
Symptom #6: Performance at Work or Home is Suffering
This is one of the most classic symptoms of burnout. When you feel lackluster about your situation or have too much on your plate, you lack concentration and gusto, which leads to making mistakes, missing deadlines and forgetfulness.
It’s not healthy for our brains to always be task-focused, so it’s very beneficial to make time for our minds to wander and daydream. While clearing your mind, a meditation and yoga practice can also help you cultivate clarity for the things you want in life. A yoga vacation in Costa Rica will give you the time and space to get your mind off the pressures of work and home, and makes room in your mind for creativity, fresh ideas, and new perspectives.
Symptom #7: Neglecting Your Own Needs and Putting Others Above Yourself
We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t take care of anyone unless you take care of yourself first.” It’s very popular because it’s true. When was the last time you did something to benefit just you? A yoga vacation to Costa Rica is the perfect opportunity to be kind to yourself. You deserve rest and relaxation and time to focus on just you.
Furthermore, building your practice will give you a way to give time to yourself every day. Getting on your mat or cushion for a little bit every day is the perfect way to take “me time” on a regular basis, which is a great way to combat stress.
Treat yourself to a massage in our spa, some pool time, and daily walks by the beach. It’s not selfish, it’s taking care of your well-being so you can be your best self for serving others!
You know you need and deserve a vacation. Now you just have to decide how to best spend your time. With a yoga vacation in Costa Rica, you’ll de-stress and come home with lasting habits and practices to prevent burnout from happening to you again!