When was the last time you took a vacation and had time for yourself? Most likely if you are an entrepreneur or business owner it has been a while. The hustle and grind, although it is necessary, can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Next month, Kevin Wathey is hosting a retreat in Peru. This retreat is the perfect opportunity to take a break and prevent burnout. In this article, I will break down 5 reasons why every entrepreneur should go on a retreat at least once a year.
1. Prevents Burnout
Going on a yoga retreat is the perfect opportunity to completely disconnect from all outside day to day stimuli. You will be forced to be off your phone, ignore Slack messages, and not be available to your employees needs. Attending a retreat hits the refresh button on your body and overall focus. Typically, when people return from a retreat they are more motivated and productive.
Attending a yoga retreat removes all the distractions of your day to day life. It forces you out of your routine. As a result, you may experience more clarity and direction in terms of where you want to go in your business. Getting stuck in routine can prevent you from seeing other options. Yoga and meditation forces you to get quiet with yourself and see other opportunities. Sometimes the best ideas come to us at the strangest times and escaping the chaos of our daily lives can activate the creativity within.
3. Builds Trust
When you leave your company for a week you are putting all of your trust in your employees to run the business and solve the problems that arise. This can strengthen the communication and responsibility of the team as well as gain trust on both sides. As we learned in the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, trust is the first aspect of building a solid team. Additionally, this creates the foundation to be able to step away for longer periods of time.
On our retreats you are able to connect with like minded individuals from around the world. If you are going on this retreat, you already have one thing in common. Spending a long time with the same group of people is a valuable bonding experience. The kind of connections that are formed are special and can be a vital part of your support system contributing to your success.
5. Self Care
Taking care of yourself is a necessity. Going on a yoga retreat encourages you to go to bed earlier, eat healthy, exercise daily, and completely immerse yourself in nature. Self care is not selfish, it is essential. We all need it and as a business owner you must make it a priority to fill your own cup before you fill others. Taking care of ourselves allows us to show up as the best version of ourselves, which effects everyone around us.
If you have been on a retreat, how did you feel after? How would you like to start off the new year with one of our retreats?