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Need a Break? Try Retreating at Home says ila Founder Denise Leicester 

In an ideal world, the best time of the year to go on retreat is when you need to. It’s that first moment that you start to notice that your body and mind aren’t quite connecting the way you like them to, and everything feels a little bit more of a struggle. In reality, however, most of us can’t take ourselves off at the first sign of a little imbalance. Jobs, families, money, time and all manner of responsibilities stand in our way.  Usually, we battle on regardless, until the imbalance and ensuing stress become a force of habit. And when – if – we are eventually fortunate enough to get away, we’re often close to burnout.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Taking a little time to re-treat ourselves at home each day can be equally as effective at steering us from the point of no return. My ultimate home re-treat involves embarking on a three day juice cleanse, supplemented by evening bathing rituals and early nights. In addition to detoxing my body and skin, it encourages me to slow down and take a little longer to appreciate my home for its lovely, healing benefits. But just as modern retreat programmes involve everything from yoga to gardening, singing to painting so too can a home re-treat involve anything from a long-lost hobby to an activity you’ve always wanted to try.

Don’t forget, it’s not so much ‘having’ the time to retreat as ‘making’ the time to re-treat yourself – finding a little longer, every day, to de-stress, rebalance and reconnect.  You never know, it might just turn out to be the best force of habit you ever adopted.

OUR TOP THREE ILA AT HOME RETREAT PRODUCTS

  1. Our Body Scrub for Energizing and Detoxifying is a cure which boosts your energy field and immune system as well as banishing dry, congested skin. The dynamic blend of oils leaves you feeling fresh, free and happy
  2. Our Face Mask for Revitalising Skin is an ingenious blend of mineral rich clay which revitalises and stimulates, sorting out tired, listless skin in one fell swoop and leaving you feeling new.
  3. Cleanse any residual negative energy by lighting one of ila’s Incense sticks – handmade in India using jasmine and sandalwood to promote an atmosphere of peace and serenity.