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Self-Care: 9 Tips for Choosing the Best Health and Wellness Retreat for You

Wendy Belessis
10 min readAug 10, 2020


A retreat is more than just a reboot.

“If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.”

— Dalai Lama

InIn truth, the shell of this article was written a few weeks before COVID-19 seized the world in its grasp.

Ironically, in the meantime self-care has taken on a whole new importance since then.

As the pandemic raged through our communities, U.S. adults rated their stress levels significantly higher than the same time the year before.

If pandemic taught us nothing else, it’s that health and wellness need to be a conscious, daily, major component in our lives. In fact:

Self-care & Burnout

In a survey conducted by the Wellness Tourism Association of nearly 4,000 consumers across 48 countries and territories, 2 of the top 4 themes for personal motivations for taking a Wellness Vacation in the wake of the pandemic were to:

  • improve mental health
  • learn to be proactive about their health, wellness, and well-being (wellness relating to health, well-being relating to happiness)

Pandemic underscored the importance of self-care. And not simply for selfish reasons. Pandemic also redefined community care. But if you’re burned out, how well can you take care of others?

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”



Wendy Belessis

Coffee lover. Nature addict. Health & wellness freelance writer formerly at The Content Barista. I write about things that make us happier, healthier humans.