Brookhaven Retreat Celebrates National Spa Month in October

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, celebrates the importance of self-care for women’s emotional wellness.

October is National Spa Month, a time when many spas offer discounts to women coming to rejuvenate themselves. In October, Brookhaven Retreat celebrates the importance of self-care for emotional wellness.

Many women traditionally take on the role of caretaker of their families, but wind up placing the needs of careers, children, spouses, family and friends above their own, giving time and attention to others but forgetting to care for themselves. In an attempt to soothe this stress and neglect, women may double their focus on others so that they become even more unable to care for themselves.

While driven by good intentions, placing so much focus on others can be self-destructive. Over time, this self-deprivation harms mental health and leaves women more wound up and stressed than before. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Woman publication states that consistent self-sacrifice can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and poor self-esteem.

Women need to recharge in order to live healthy lives. Self-care is not a time of indulgence but rather a time of balance. It helps reduce stressors and negative emotions, renew a woman’s mood and maintain both mental and physical wellness. When given time to relax and refocus, women are better able to use their wise mind and make decisions free from the strain of self-neglect.

Self-care nurtures a woman’s self-esteem as she treats herself with the same care and attention she gives everyone else. As women rebuild their self-esteem, the types of behaviors they tolerate changes and quality of life improves.

Women in residential treatment learn that self-care begins in the mind and is tied up with how they perceive themselves. By practicing self-care and cultivating a positive self-image, women create the self-esteem necessary to support mental wellness.

An all-women’s facility takes women’s role as mothers and caretakers into account to address unique emotional needs. Self-care improves self-esteem and compassion, both attitudes that support long-term mental health recovery. During Brookhaven Retreat’s weekly extreme self-care class, women are encouraged to explore why they haven’t cared for themselves and how they can continue to give themselves needed time and attention after treatment.

Brookhaven Retreat reminds women that they must nurture themselves in order to experience wellness and joy in life. In October, it encourages all women to begin a routine of self-care that nurtures emotional health.

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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