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NJBIA member Pause to Thrive, a nonprofit healthcare organization serving Monmouth and Ocean counties, is planning a special retreat at the Jersey Shore beaches to help long-haul COVID sufferers learn practical coping strategies, build resilience and find solace.

Mild or moderate COVID-19 lasts about two weeks for most people, but in some others, long-term effects of COVID-19 can cause lingering health problems and wreak havoc for months even after patients no longer test positive for the illness.

The retreat will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 to Thursday, Dec. 15 for 20 at San Alfonoso Retreat House in Long Branch. Well-respected medical professionals, therapists and inspirational speakers will guide participants on their COVID-19 recovery journey so that they are better able to deal with lingering post-COVID health impacts such as fatigue, shortness of breath and cognitive problems.

“We’re excited to bring together a group of individuals all facing similar medical issues and provide integrative medicine strategies and education led by professionals to help them plan for the future,” said Karen Rafiqi and Linda Savino, co-founders of Pause to Thrive.

Pause to Thrive addresses health behaviors and focuses on patients experiencing medical hardships and their need to embrace self-care. Through a two-day health wellness retreat model, participants identify and execute a new life plan through exploration, education, counseling, and skill-building to awaken the mind and ignite motivation to transform to a heightened state of wellness.

The retreat program includes 3 meals daily and overnight accommodation. Scholarships are available for those facing financial difficulties. Contact pause2thrive@gmail.com for enrollment or by calling 732-493- 0852.

About Pause to Thrive

Pause to Thrive is a nonprofit, nonsectarian healthcare organization led by healthcare professionals with decades of experience who are committed to improving health and quality of life for families, the community and the workplace. Pause to Thrive is the only retreat program in New Jersey serving people experiencing lingering health effects from COVID-19.