Costa Rica vacations for mental and physical health

Costa Rica is the perfect place for vacations for mental and physical health!

Article by Shannon Farley

Almost daily we are bombarded with messages telling us about the importance of exercise and a healthy diet to improve or keep up our physical health. Most of us accept this to be true, and so we do what we can to be physically healthy.

However, a lot of people don’t realize that it is just as important to our well-being to ensure our mental health is in balance.

Taking a vacation, while a chance to be physically active and also relax, is probably more important for our mental health than anything else.

Good mental health enables us to enjoy our day-to-day life and our environment, to appreciate other people, and to feel good about ourselves. When we are mentally healthy we can have positive relationships and more easily deal with life’s challenges.

When our mental health is not in balance, because we are stressed or our diet is off or we’ve had a trauma, it can result anxiety or depression, difficulty managing emotions, negative thought patterns, low self-esteem, problems socializing and difficulty in relationships.

Good mental health actually supports good physical health, and vice-versa, according to well-established evidence. Being physically active triggers brain chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed. A nutritious diet helps healthy brain functioning, and getting a good night’s sleep leads to better concentration and energy levels.

Taking time to take care of your mental and physical health is one of the most important things you can do for your own happiness.

Pranamar Villas Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Focus on your well-being at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, photo by lisahomsy.

How a week (or three!) in a tropical paradise can change your outlook on life.

Spending time in nature has therapeutic benefits to your mental health, giving you a sense of peace, wellness, and happiness. Like in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, where the warm sunshine, tropical forest, endless ocean and great surf also lure you outside and into being active.

Boost your mental and physical health at the Yoga Teacher Training 2018, September 8 to 29, at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa. Led by expert yogis Nancy Goodfellow and Kadri Kurgun, the Luminous Heart 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training Course is “not a conventional teacher training – consider it a life-changing immersion on all levels: Physical, spiritual and emotional.”

Yoga at Pranamar Villas

Boost your mental and physical health at the Yoga Teacher Training 2018, Sept. 8 – 29, at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas offers yoga retreats in Santa Teresa all year long, as well as healthy beach vacations. Contact them today to reserve your vacation for mental and physical health.