Have you ever considered a Reset Retreat?
Our guest blogger, Cierra Savatgy-King, explains…
Do you wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, and do it again the next day? Have you found yourself rinsing, repeating and losing sight of who you are in the midst of day-to-day monotony?
You are not alone. It’s extremely easy to fall into patterns, and those patterns aren’t always healthy ones. We frequently use ‘healthy’ when referring to the food we put in our bodies or the exercise we exert, but our mental wellness is not to be forgotten. Refocusing on pattern resetting can jolt us out of auto-pilot living and into more aware, healthy individuals who are living with intention.
I know this story all too well. And I never thought I would. Somehow the day-to-day shuffle found roots in me and it was like an invasive plant. The nasty roots kept growing. My life was on auto-pilot and I wasn’t taking care of myself. The more I spoke with others about this, the more I realized we could all use a little help.
So I decided to do something about it. I co-founded a company that helps other people reset their patterns in an unforgettable setting.
Reset Retreat is a wellness and adventure retreat in Belize with a focus on resetting your path. Our focus is helping guests make themselves the priority. We provide an exotic environment in which guests can disconnect from the world and reconnect with themselves. The 5-day experience includes daily life coaching and yoga, a sail on a stunning catamaran, a snorkel adventure to swim side-by-side with docile sharks and other sea creatures, and a chance to relax, unwind and learn tools to reset your patterns.
Psst. Round trip flights for guests flying from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas and Corpus Christi are included, but only until July 24th. Check it out.
Unforgettable settings create a perfect recipe for self-discovery because all our senses are firing. We’re hearing things more clearly. We notice the color of the water. We’re more open to what we’re seeing. And those lessons are easier to recall when we need them later.
However, not everyone can attend a retreat like this. That doesn’t mean there aren’t small daily things you can easily do to help reset your own patterns. Sometimes it’s the tiny things we do that allow us to see life just slightly different: and then those big steps aren’t clouded with fog. Clarity emerges.
10 simple ways to reset your daily patterns to turn off auto-pilot and allow for self-discovery. These tiny changes had a monumental effect for me.
- Drive home a different way. You have to be more aware of where a stop-light is or if you’re passing a school zone. It forced me to be aware of my surroundings and I started noticing beautiful trees and flowers I’d never seen before in my own neighborhood.
- Give your taste buds a shock. Try a menu item you normally wouldn’t pick at your favorite restaurant or challenge yourself to try 5 different types of greens with your dinner for one week. You may find you really like something that’s healthy for your body that you hadn’t tried before.
- Let nature lead you. Instead of plopping in front of the TV to relax, drive/walk to the nearest park – or a park you’ve always been curious about. Have something creative in mind (writing, drawing) or just sit for 15 minutes and notice the sounds and smells. Disconnect your electronics.
- Stop using the word “busy.” When someone asked how I was, I used to always respond with, “busy.” I realized how often I was using this and how it provides no value to say it. We are all busy! It’s like answering, “I’m alive! And you?” I tried not allowing myself to use this word for a month, then realized how big of a change I felt. I now consider “busy” profanity in my house. Consider the question with a real response. It shifts the energy. “Today I’m excited because I nailed a presentation” “Really? What was it about?” Boom. Authenticity unites.
- Call your barista by their name. It somehow feels awkward for me to do this. I don’t think it’s just me, because I noticed most of us don’t do it…even when the person is wearing a nametag. Test it out: you may be surprised at how it actually wakes up the person in front of you and they engage with you personally. It’s a fun experiment.
- Do your daily walks/runs backwards. Not literally backwards, though that would shake it up too. Go the opposite way you normally go or pick a different path altogether, even if you have to drive 3 minutes to get to another neighborhood. Houses, trees, and yards look different. You don’t know what’s right around the next corner.
- Dance like a complete fool with a ‘Morning Happy Dance’: This sounds totally silly and I may regret sharing this, but sometimes at my house we have “Morning Happy Dances.” They consist of about 30 seconds of throwing your hands around in the air, jumping with no rhythm whatsoever, making contorted movements…then going back to normal like it’s no biggie. If that doesn’t “wake me up” out of a funky pattern, I don’t know what would. A more low key example: While sitting at work, try getting up and taking an unexpected short walk around the office with a coworker.
- Try saying ‘yes’ to something you normally say ‘no’ to. I have a friend who believes in saying ‘yes’ to almost every invite. It has led him to some incredible experiences that most of us would consider once-in-a-life. (It’s also led him to being taken by real pirates once, so there’s that). Point being, saying ‘yes’ to something wild can completely wake up every inch of your senses. A friend invited me to a trapeze class. “What? You want me to fly through the air, 40 feet up with no training?” I did it. My hands were shaking like I’ve never shaken before – and I’m not even afraid of heights. I felt more free than I’d felt in years.
- Try saying ‘no’ to something you normally say ‘yes’ to. Alternatively, ‘no’ can allow for unexpected ‘me time.’ I tend to pack my schedule completely full. The old me would think if my calendar wasn’t filled, I was doing something wrong. But what actually has happened with some empty slots, besides less stress and ‘me time’, is that open slots have allowed for spontaneity with things I truly care about. It never gets written in my calendar, it just happens.
- Set a goal (with a deadline) and reach it: This can be small and attainable. It’s so easy to say someday you’ll do this or that, but then we get filled with guilt for NOT doing it. We can’t always do everything we want, but something changes inside us when we reach a goal. A pattern is broken. Have you been saying you wanted to try a painting class? A dance class? You wanted to plant a small garden? Pick something small, put a short deadline on it, and just do it. I was surprised how this change in pattern made the BIG goals much less scary to conquer.
I’m a work in progress, like we all are. Some days I do the above magnificently well. Others I stumble and fall right back into my previous patterns. But, realizing that small changes in my pattern can wake me up gets me excited to try something different.
These experiences have inspired me to think differently, act differently, and see the world at a slightly different angle. I still wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to sleep, but I’m doing it awake. These tiny changes made a monumental impact in my life.
I hope one or two of these makes an impact in your life.
If you’re interested in hearing more about Reset Retreat in Belize, visit us here… We love making new friends.
Cierra is co-founder of Reset Retreat and lives in Austin, TX. She has been living on vacation rentals to ‘reset’ her own path for 2 years. She’s a recording artist, a crazy cat lady, and loves exploring new things and doing handstands along the way. She’s also a big fan of Greek food.