The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. Wellness is an active state of being aware of the choices we make that can lead to good health or poor health. Health, whether good or bad is not just about your physical well-being, but includes your mental, social, environmental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. I personally see a naturopathic doctor who concentrates on my holistic health. She emphasizes preventative medicine, quality of life, and the natural recuperative ability of the human body.
Whether I am at home or traveling, I have adopted a lifestyle conducive to optimal health. It is easy to fall into habits that support an unhealthy way of life, such as a sedentary lifestyle, an unsafe outlet to release stress, living in an unhealthy environment, smoking, excessively drinking, eating junk food, and much more.
Some people may not realize, but meditation, yoga, and praying are forms of spiritual wellness. Emily Smith describes spiritual wellness as being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values, principles, morals, and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life, then using those principles to guide your actions.
As an avid traveler, exploring the world has a positive impact on my physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Visiting and engaging with people of different cultures teaches me:
- To be tolerant of other people’s views.
- Have an appreciation what I have.
- Take the time to relax.
- Expand my awareness of different ethnic, racial, and religious groups.
Many people around the world seek out wellness retreats to improve their life and get re-energized. Wellness retreats offer a ton of options from detox, healing waters, massage, de-stress and rejuvenation, healthy eating, bio energy, boosting your immunity, and so much more. There are many healing retreats around the world such as:
- Les Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary in Mauritius
- SANte Wellness Retreat & Spa in South Africa
- Belize Retreats
- the Cliff hotel in Negril, Jamaica
A wellness retreat can be what the doctor ordered. With some facilities specialized in holistic and cognitive behavioral therapies such as:
- Addiction – Alcohol, Cannabis, Drug, and Prescription
- Mental Wellness – Anxiety, Trauma Recovery, Codependency, and Depression
- Wellness – Anti-Stress Management, Burnout, Pain Management, and Weight Loss
- Traumatic Brain Injury
You may ask, “Are wellness retreats worth it”, the answer is yes. This could be the reason the wellness industry was worth $4.2 trillion in 2019. It is also referred to as experiential wellness, you are purchasing an unquantifiable experience to benefit your overall health. Many people are opting to bid farewell to buying products to improve your well-being such as exercise equipment in favor of the experience.
Are looking for healing and relaxation? Well, your next trip, might be to a wellness retreat for a fitness over-haul. There are tons of operations around the world, just determine what you need in your life to get you back on the right track. If anyone has been on a wellness retreat, please share your experience.
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