Brookhaven Retreat Celebrates Mindfulness Week With a Call to Self-Care

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, encourages women to take time for self-care in August.

Women have many distinct responsibilities that often include prioritizing the needs of friends, family and others above their own. In doing so, a woman can feel like her life is on autopilot, running one errand to the next, without ever taking time for herself or even stopping to take a breath.

The week of August 17-23 is Mindfulness Week in Brookhaven Retreat’s 12-week dialectical behavior therapy cycle. Throughout the week, women work on becoming more aware of the thoughts and habits that cause life to feel routine and automatic. Brookhaven Retreat’s extreme self-care class is held weekly and resets a woman’s habitual routine by stimulating all five senses and exploring the price of neglecting needs.

Mental health issues including mood disorders, substance abuse, depression and anxiety can have a devastating impact on a woman’s sense of self-worth; and over time she may lose interest in caring for her physical and emotional needs altogether. This time of relaxation and self-love builds a woman’s self-esteem, and increases the respect and value she gives her self. As she becomes more empowered, she is able to define and rediscover her distinct needs and wants, creating an emotionally and mentally healthy life.

Brookhaven Retreat understands that women have different needs than men, and being mindful of these needs is vital to mental and emotional wellness. Throughout Mindfulness Week in August, Brookhaven Retreat encourages each woman to be mindful of the impact that neglecting her needs has on mental and emotional wellness by taking time out to nurture the body, heart and mind.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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