Break-Up Retreats: A Mindful Response to Heartbreak

From surf therapy to luxury mindfulness resorts, here’s how mindfulness is making the news this month.

When breaking up is hard to do

A tub of ice cream has long been regarded as the best way to mend a broken heart, but those looking for a more holistic approach can now attend a break-up retreat. These events, which are popping up from Nevada to New York to British Columbia, aim to help participants find closure by participating in digital detoxes, relationship coaching, and meditation sessions in order to reconnect with the body and quiet negative thoughts.   

Wave better

Surf therapy has emerged as a recent alternative to traditional therapies for a number of groups, including children with autism, survivors of cancer, and veterans and emergency workers with PTSD. Hosted by organizations around the world, including in the United States, Australia, and the UK, surf therapy aims to foster resilience, confidence, and a sense of community. At Salt Water Therapy in California, each surf lesson is followed by a guided meditation to help participants strengthen both body and mind. Although it’s not a substitute for medical care, some early studies have found surfing can boost your mood after just one session.

Emotional labor

If you’re caring and emotionally tuned in, you may adapt better to the…

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