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Couples retreats can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks and maybe just the two of you or a much larger group. The freedom to choose is yours. Similarly, you don’t necessarily have to be married to take part. Any couple who just needs help to reconnect (but isn’t in crisis) can benefit. Here are just some of the ways in which a couples retreat can enhance your relationship.
One of the main reasons that people choose a retreat is to get away from the pressures that are associated with their everyday lives. This isn’t necessarily just their jobs, but also family, friends, social/voluntary commitments, or anything else that takes a great deal of their time and energy. We live in a fast world, and unless we get away from everything, it can be impossible to recharge and focus on ourselves and our chosen activity.
2020 has been a hard year and for many people, isolation and depression resulting from quarantine have become significant mental health issues. While some people experience isolation in their usual day to day lives, many of us have had isolation thrust upon us as a result of the current pandemic. With rules and regulations limiting our contact with others, venues where we would usually go to socialize closed, and our ability to travel severely compromised, it’s unsurprising that our mental health is beginning to suffer.
According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence in their personal relationship at some point during their lifetime. Yet only around 1% of incidents are ever actually reported to the police. Because while domestic violence is both unacceptable and illegal, many victims endure their situation for years through fear of repercussions or because they feel that they are in some way to blame for the way that they are being treated.
Social anxiety, also sometimes known as social phobia, is a very common problem that is faced by millions of people around the world. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that as many as 15 million U.S. adults experience social anxiety – a number which seems to be increasing thanks to the pressures of modern life.