Brookhaven Retreat, an upscale residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, will host an in-house National Walking Day event.
Brookhaven Retreat will kick off National Stress Awareness month by hosting an in-house event on National Walking Day for clients and staff members. The event will include a mindful walk on the nature trails, a letting-go ceremony and a plant-based vegetarian luncheon. Clients will release balloons into the sky to symbolize their fears and obstacles that no longer serve them.
Throughout the month of April, staff members Charity Coyle, RD (Registered Dietician) and Stephanie Christian, LMBT (Licensed Bodywork Therapist) will facilitate activities, including therapeutic massage and stretching for fellow staff members.
Jacqueline Dawes, founder of Brookhaven Retreat, considers exercise an essential aspect of recovery and overall wellness. That explains why physical activity is an inherent part of The Lily Program® at Brookhaven Retreat.
An inactive lifestyle is both a symptom and a contributor of mental health issues. Depression and anxiety can keep women in bed for long periods of time, which means self-care and physical needs are neglected.
Thirty minutes of exercise, such as a brisk walk, five times per week, can significantly benefit one’s health. Walking lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and overall health of the muscles, bones and joints.
Daily classes incorporate walks on the facility's lush and wooded nature trails. “Walking increases both activity and mindfulness,” Dawes says, “allowing women to be present and connected to their surroundings. All women need opportunities to let go and de-stress, including our staff of care-givers and clinicians. We all need to take time for self-care and to nurture ourselves.”