Whether embarking on a traditional wellness retreat with a group under the direction of a coach or traveling solo, a wellness retreat in Rincon, Puerto Rico can have positive benefits for both your mind and your body. As we enter 2023, take the opportunity to recharge your mind and body, so that you can be your best possible self.
Wellness Retreats Are Beneficial to Your Mental Health
We all know that the struggles and demands of our daily lives can be overwhelming and detrimental to our mental and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that a wellness retreat can mitigate some of these mental health challenges. According to a 2017 study, participants at a wellness retreat in Australia reported mental health improvements, not just at the immediate end of the retreat, but six weeks following the retreat. Participants saw continued improvement in health and general wellness, and – while reports of depression, anxiety and insomnia did increase during the follow-up six weeks later – they remained lower than what was reported before the retreat.
Wellness Retreats Can Help Your Physical Health Too
While wellness retreats generally only last for a few days, there have been measurable effects on physical health in the days, weeks, months and years following them. For people suffering from chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses, wellness retreats have been observed to have lasting physical health benefits such as improved quality of life and increased telomere length in participants with cancer, according to a 2018 article published by BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. Based on this article, wellness retreats also appear to have a longer-lasting effect when coupled with aftercare and follow-up measures.
Unsure If A Traditional Wellness Retreat Is Right For You? A Solo Voyage to Rincon Can Also Help
Rincon, Puerto Rico is known for being a lush, green, tropical oasis located right on the beach with some of the best ocean waves around. This type of climate and proximity to the ocean has been observed to have multiple benefits for health, especially in the form of mental well-being. Whether you travel to Rincon for an organized retreat or choose to just fly solo, a vacation by the ocean can be beneficial.
According to a 2017 article from Better by Today, just being on the beach, by the ocean, has benefits for one’s mental health. The visualization of the ocean itself and the sound of the waves can put one’s mind into a relaxed, more engaged state. Also, negative ions – which naturally occur as air molecules break apart and are found in higher amounts in natural places like the ocean – have been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression.
For those of us who call colder climates our home, winter can bring additional challenges to our overall well-being. Roughly five percent of Americans struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while 10 – 15 percent of Americans suffer from a milder version of the disorder, according to an article from Better by Today. Beyond depression, people with SAD also experience changes in appetite, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, muscle aches and other symptoms. For people in the Northern Hemisphere, the effects of SAD are observed through a decline in overall well-being beginning in the fall and continuing throughout the winter, before gradually improving in the spring. For people with SAD, traveling to a place that stays warm and sunny year-round, like Puerto Rico, could have positive health benefits, in addition to other treatments for SAD.
Whether you travel to Rincon, Puerto Rico for a traditional wellness retreat or for a solo excursion, book your stay with Maria’s. When you’re ready to stay with us, booking is done through Twin Palms, Maria’s rental, and onsite management. Please visit our booking page on this website to view the availability of Maria’s and fill out our convenient contact form. If you have any additional questions regarding Maria’s, you may call Elizabeth at 787-685-6648 (español: Cristina at 787-449-3673).