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Do WELLBEING retreats REALLY WORK?

After a difficult period, Charlotte Haigh set out to discover if a women’s health retreat, offering a unique mix of alternative and conventional medicine, could get her back on track

I couldn’t have read about the Alive Retreat at a better time. I’d just been through a tough few years – two miscarriages in quick succession, the second a late one, followed by the breakdown of my relationship. At 42, I found myself single and childless, when I’d always longed to have a partner and children. I’d been trying to focus on what I did have – a great career, lovely friends and family and basic good health. But I couldn’t quite pull myself out of the sense of hopelessness, which often seemed to affect me physically, slowing my motivation to do anything beyond the bare essentials. I knew I was probably slightly depressed, but I didn’t think medication was the right solution and had only recently finished a long stint of psychotherapy – there seemed nowhere else to go with that. I was starting to consider boosting my emotional wellbeing through diet and exercise – but being at a low ebb, it all felt overwhelming.

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Embrace a #naturalsummer with the August issue of Healthy, which helps you maximise the wellbeing benefits of summer. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know for your summer holidays, including your summer beauty 'capsule' bag, plus why being outside = a natural happiness boost. Also, we've rounded up a whole list of salad supper under 300 calories to keep you trim, plus the best veggie burgers to enjoy at those BBQs. Read all about it – we chat to Sadie Frost on why she's swapped late night partying for morning yoga, and we catch up with Delicious Ella in her regular column. Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.
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