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Finding tranquillity in Norfolk

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Finding tranquillity in Norfolk

19th October 2017
Taking a step back from our busy and sometimes hectic lives is a great way to improve your wellbeing, and that’s exactly what a group of Caritas Anchor House residents have done.

This October, six residents and two Lifestyle Architects travelled to Norfolk for a three day retreat in seek of some tranquillity. Staying at the Dowry House Retreat in the village of Walsingham, the trip provided residents with a safe place for relaxation, the opportunity to reflect, and to focus on improving their wellbeing through mindfulness.

The group took part in a silent walk in the grounds surrounding Walsingham Abbey – a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years – which proved to be a great bonding experience. They also took a trip to Wells-next-the-Sea where residents were able to explore the area independently and take time out for reflection. Each resident received a notepad so they could write down their emotions, what they had done and sketch the scenery.

In a session led by a Lifestyle Architect, residents were also able to learn mindfulness techniques, which make it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, help you become fully engaged in activities, and create a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.

Some experts believe that mindfulness works in part by helping people to accept their experiences—including painful emotions—rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance.

Debbie, a resident who attended, said, “Our trip was absolutely wonderful. The area was steeped in history, and I found a real sense of tranquillity. After what’s been a tricky time, I came back feeling really calm and revitalised. I feel in the right state of mind to tackle the challenges I’m facing, and take the next steps towards my goals.”

Naomi Mullings, Lifestyle Architect, said “Our trip to Norfolk was a much-needed opportunity for residents to take time out from their often chaotic daily lives, in a quiet and peaceful environment.

Those who attended shared that they gained a connection and compassion for one another during the retreat, and that they were able to use the opportunity to reflect on where they are in their lives and how they want to move forward from Caritas Anchor House and have true independence.”

Read more about our mental health and wellbeing services here.

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