Ever come home from a retreat or conference just buzzing with excitement, ideas and inspiration? You feel unstoppable, determined to stay in this glorious, expansive state and implement things right away.
Then in the first 24 hours, you are back to making meals, picking up the kids from soccer, chasing the dog and dealing with the service guy to fix the leaky toilet.
Ugh.…. Where did the inspiration go?
Meanwhile, your partner is not sure who’s coming home to him and the kids. What “woo-woo” ideas will you have? What changes are coming their way? It’s a mystery as to what you’ve been up to. But they can tell something about you is different.
Being at an inspiring retreat is like being held in a bubble of expansive potential, power and love.
It’s transformational. So, how do you re-integrate after it? How do you keep that amazing energy flowing?
Here are 7 Simple Tips for a Smooth Re-Integration after a Retreat or Conference
I shared these with the women at the Soulbiz Expansion Retreat in Canmore. These tips will help you ease the transition and capitalize on both the energy and ideas you gained!
1. Allow extra quiet time, self-care and space for re-integration.
In an ideal world, it’s good to schedule in advance a lighter work day or two after you get back. If you can take a day or weekend off completely to integrate, even better. Schedule some self-care including body work. Often we under-estimate the shifts that have happened inside — physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically. They are real…. and well-worth honouring!
If it’s not realistic to take a full day off, plan pockets of quiet time, perhaps to review your retreat notes and action steps, and journal what is showing up for you as you re-integrate.
2. Acknowledge family members and honour where they are at.
Some family members are so excited and want to know everything about the retreat upon your return. Others are not as enthusiastic. In fact, sometimes your partner is secretly fearful of what’s happening for you. Are you burning bras? Are you deciding you don’t want to be in the relationship anymore? What crazy ideas are unfolding?
Knowing those fears can exist, it is important to honour wherever your partner (and children) are at. They may be curious; they may not. Either way, greet them with love. Feel into how much you share when you first connect, knowing you can share in manageable chunks and at a level they are open to.
3. Set an intention for what you will take with you from this retreat.
Before you leave the retreat, decide what your intentions are. What are you committing to? What is important to take home and bring into action? At the SoulBiz Retreat, we did this with a salt bowl where our intentions were spoken out loud as we each worked our hands through the salt. VERY POWERFUL!
4. Develop a mantra or affirmation to use in the first week.
These simple words can ground your energy and focus. Here are a few examples:
I easily integrate into my beautiful life.
I open to receive love, support and flow.
My expansion continues.
Peace. Love. Abundance.
5. Share with someone one thing you learned.
A powerful way to ground your learnings is to teach someone. Pick one thing from the retreat or conference that you learned and teach it to someone in your circle. This could be a team member, colleague or accountability buddy. It also could be a family member IF they are open.
6. Implement one take-away in the next 48 hours.
Implement one take-away within 48 hours of returning home. From the Soulbiz Expansion Retreat, the ladies are updating bios, tweaking their editorial calendar, ads and hashtags, and embracing a new money belief they crafted.
7. Notice what is in alignment and what isn’t.
Be curious. Once you expand mindsets at a retreat or conference, it becomes very clear what is in alignment and what isn’t when you return home. Instead of judging or reacting, stay in an observer role and just notice.
What allows you to keep the expansion and what pulls you back?
Is there a new boundary to set where you feel pulled back into old patterns? If so, how can you communicate that boundary with love and strength?
If you notice something is very much misaligned, there may be a bigger decision to make. Be sure to get support from a coach, therapist, friend, or family member so that you can build a plan around this decision and carry it out as you most powerful, confident, loving self.
And there you have it: 7 simple tips for a smooth re-integration after your retreat. Do you have any other tips to share that you use?
If so, please comment below. I’d love to hear.
Love & abundance,