4 Ways a peaceful Costa Rica vacation can change your perspective, lower your blood pressure, and enrich your life
Life is full of challenges, both big and small, but sometimes we can give ourselves a break. Traffic; deadlines; family illness; marital tension; parent teacher conferences; the evening news. A peaceful Costa Rica adventure could be just the ticket you need to escape the stressful realities of the daily grind.
While it’s likely that all will still be there when you return from a “relaxation vacation” in Costa Rica, your frame of mind, your perspective, and perhaps even your physical health will most definitely be in a better place.
Here are 4 ways a relaxing, adventure and discovery vacation in Costa Rica can help.
There is something truly balancing and tranquil about waking up to the sounds of nature every morning. Though I’m not sure why, Costa Rica tends to nudge me awake with the birds each morning, thus giving me time for a relaxing, peaceful, reflective morning. Add the rich aroma and taste of organically grown, Costa Rican coffee and, well…. It just doesn’t get much more sublime than that.
Long walks on the beach, and daily time spent watching the magnificent, daily, Costa Rica sunset (made all the more so with green-season cloudy skies) brings a peace to my soul that no other activity can match. Appreciating the beauty of the Pacific and the consistency of nature’s rhythms lends a deep-seated reassurance that all is fundamentally right with the world, as off balance as it all may seem sometimes when confronted with the daily news and social media.
Sometimes a little bit of pampering is all that is needed to make me feel special. While luxury living and spa days may not be the norm in my default world, I get to take extra care with myself while on vacation in Costa Rica. Ordering in, or dining out, brings sumptuous delights to my palate and healthful nutrition to my body. Body scrubs, detoxifying wraps, and long, deep massage therapy (either at one of the two world-class day spas inside Los Sueños Resort, or the privacy of my vacation condo) takes relaxation and self-care to a whole new level.
Getting out of my head, and into nature, brings my awareness back to earth and lets me re-discover who I am. The thrill, adrenalin rush, and empowerment of climbing to a tree-top platform and zip-lining through the rainforest canopy is nothing short of therapeutic for the mind, body, and soul. The realization of the perfection that is Mother Earth when I catch sight of monkeys, sloths, toucans, red-lapas, rare orchids, and colorful butterflies is humbling and awe-inspiring. The Japanese practice of “shinren- yoku”, or “forest bathing,” has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and fortify the immune system; my own experience of hiking through the rainforests of Costa Rica have proven that to be true for me.
Costa Rica has often been called the “happiest place on earth.” It’s easy to see why. In addition to the culture-vibe that is pura vida (pure life), there is also no military (abolished in 1948), and the country is rich with bio-diversity and nature. Why not escape to Costa Rica for a much needed relaxation vacation; rejuvenate, and get a little bit of that happy for yourself?
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