Slowing Down: The Benefits of Relaxation

If the only things you knew about me were the contents of this blog, you might think I never slow down. To be honest, that’s not far from the truth. Whether it’s work, training for an upcoming race or travel to distant lands, I’m always on the move. Even when I’m trying to chill out, I’m often thinking about what I need to do next. I walk quickly. I talk quickly. I find slowing down a bit tedious.

But relaxing is important. In fact, stress is a huge health concern today. It is linked to everything from high blood pressure to dementia. It’s easy for me to forget this fact, especially when there’s races on the horizon, training to be done and goals left unconquered. Though accomplishing tasks is great, making time to slow down is critical to our health. The fact that I was immediately stricken with a 3-week long cold the day after the Geneva Marathon is pretty compelling evidence. It was like my body just shut-down after months of relentless pressure.

Recognising the importance of relaxation, I am doing something I have never done before. I am going on a week-long yoga and wellness retreat at La Crisalida in Spain. I leave tomorrow.

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The retreat offers an itinerary of daily activities but you are free to pick and choose whichever ones you want. If I want to blow off the whole day and read trashy fiction by the pool, no one will care.

While I’m there, I will eat only healthy, sustaining food. Their menus are designed to remove all items that stress the body. That means no alcohol, caffeine, dairy or meat! I have mentioned this to many people who have politely asked if this is a good idea, considering I have most or all of these things on a daily basis. But the truth is, I’m looking forward to seeing what, if any, positive changes occur. I have tried to do various cleanses myself, but frankly, I lack willpower. I mean, let’s be serious. I can barely go 48 hours without a glass of white wine.  You can also choose to do a juice cleanse, but that’s taking it a bit too far. I like to chew my food.

There is Wi-Fi at the retreat but they encourage you to do a bit of a digital detox as well. While a few hours without my phone can make me feel anxious, I’m going really going to try to disconnect. So, this will be the last post from me for the next week or so. Don’t worry, I’m coming back. Full review of the retreat coming soon! Namaste.

*This is not a sponsored post. Just to be 100% clear, I researched and found this retreat on my own and paid full price.




  1. Sophie June 19, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    No coffee??? I wouldn’t survive the morning. Have a fab time with it and enjoy! I look forward to reading how you get on.

    • thoughtsandpavement June 19, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Hah. I know. I might be crazy. At least there’s herbal teas on offer. Maybe I can trick myself into enjoying those instead?! #GodHelpMe

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