News for Wellness Minded Professionals
Wellness + Travel News, Insights & Observations
What does wellness -- and wellness travel -- mean to you?
Wellness is a new way of living and if you incorporate the precepts to your daily life you will be more healthy, mindful and happy.
For me wellness travel is keeping a healthy, spiritual life even while away from home. It is most important to learning how to enrich your wellness lifestyle with the new experiences that traveling gives you.
What do you do for your own wellness and how to your encourage your staff to maintain a balanced life?
We follow the 7 precepts of Wellness and we help each other to keep them.
1. Eat healthy ,
2.Drink enough water
3. Exercise for an hour daily
4. Sleep between 7-9 hours daily
5.Eat with your family at least once a week
6. Give back to your community or any other in whatever you choose to do in order to give something back(volunteering in different altruist activities)
7. Take care of our environment.
Are there other wellness events and observances that you and your staff observe?
Yes, we practice Transformational breathing, we learned how to do it and know we practice it every time we need it. It is the perfect way to lead into meditation.
As mindfulness and meditation are becoming more mainstream, what are guests more interest in?
There is definitely more interest in Mind and Spirit oriented services, though relaxation massages keep being the most popular ones.
What are the most popular wellness treatments at your spa?
Our therapies and treatments are combined with native Mexican rituals and guests can incorporate natural herbs from our Living Wall. There's also a Zen garden and wellness path that our guest enjoy.
For more information on eforea Spa at Hilton Los Cabos click here
Research & Studies
According the Westin's Hotel & Resorts 2017 survey, more than half (51 percent) of North American Consumers will focus on wellness during their travels in the year ahead.
There's More to Wellness Tourism than You Think
As Much About Emotional Health
Westin's survey reinforces several earlier key findings that we published in Wellness Travel: Shaping America's Health & Economy. For example, respondents in our study indicated that emotional wellbeing was as important, if not more, than physical health. From a programing, products and services perspective, hotels, suppliers and other businesses seeking to attract wellness travelers should take note of this finding.
Westin defines self-discovery in terms of reconnecting with self through mindfulness. While we did identify "Mind Matters" as one of the top wellness trends of 2014, our Shaping America's Health & Economy respondents reported that connection to oneself, to others and to a higher purpose was imporant as a primary motivation for their wellness travel experience.
Nearly 60 percent of the Westin survey respondents said they want to incorporate self-discovery. A sense of discovery is instumental to experiencing life well.
That's why after a year of research on wellness, positive psychology and motivation and achievement theory, the word "discovery" was incorporated into the definition of wellness tourism published back in WTW's report, Wellness Travel: Shaping America's Health & Economy published in 2014.
Valuing a Break From Work
Our 2013 report, U.S. Vacationers: Health, Happiness & Productivity - An Essential Report For Travel, Hospitalty and Wellness Industries revealed the that vacations lead to better quality of life. These findings correlate with previous research that has shown direct and indirect benefits of vacations focusing on restoration of mind and body and recuperation from mental fatigue.
Personally I think it's great that research from a huge multinational brand like Westin supports and lends creadence to our findings from a number of years ago.
There are a few areas I wish they had taken a bit further. For example, our findings are segmented by gender and age group. In our study, women reported twice as often as men the need to reconnect with themselves by having personal time which is consistent with gender studies showing women actually have fewer minutes of “free time” – both in reality and perception.
How Business Can Leverage These Findings
There has been ongoing research and debate regarding the definition of wellness tourism, as is often the case with emerging, highly focused, specific forms of tourism.
The word “transformation” implies more than just a change, but rather a significant shift or new emotional perspective, especially in the context of vacations. The idea that a vacation can be viewed as transformative is well- studied in research literature.
Having quality time, in a place free from work and distractions from home, clears the mind – allowing big-picture life decisions to be made. Vacations provide an opportunity for people to make important, life-changing decisions.
Since the transformative potential of vacations has been well documented, vacation sellers can use the theory and teachings of how transformations work in order to attract more clients.
Thanksgiving kicks off the season for counting our blessings. Studies show gratitude is critical to our happiness and success. Thoughts – both positive and negative - trigger physiological changes in our body which in turn affect emotional and physical health. Practicing gratitude, can improve your your quality of life.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -- Albert Einstein
Scientific Benefits of Gratittude
There’s an abundance of scientific evidence[i] on gratitude. I’ve consolidated them below:
4 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude Daily
My Daily Gratitude Ritual
I have a daily ritual in which I count my lucky stars. Every morning I call my mother and we talk while I drink my morning coffee. My mother is happy to be alive. She is truly grateful for her time on earth. At 88-years, she is VITAL and AMAZING! This is the best lesson a mother can give to a daughter. (Thanks Mom!)
What's your daily gratitude practice? I'd love to share what other people do in a future blog post. If you want to be featured, please email me here. The world needs more positivity and light!
I hope this article serves you well.
(And Why It is More Effective Than an Annual Plan)
If you want to achieve BIG goals without feeling overwhelmed or paralyzed, then you need a plan.
With 2017 around the corner, many professionals are buying planners to help create business goals for the upcoming year. Most planners are based on a year or 18 months.
I want to introduce a different approach that I recently learned from BestSelfCo and share a number of golden marketing nuggets on creating a 3-month plan.
Why is a 3-month roadmap better than an annual plan?
Using an annual planner can lead to procrastination and wasted time. How many times have you changed direction in during a 12-month period? A 3-month roadmap is focused. It is realistic. It feels more do-able. You can see the end in sight – in 90-days! You are creating wins every quarter and creating momentum for more and more success. It’s way more flexible than an annual plan. If you think about it, you can potentially can 4X’s more accomplished this way. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?
How Does the 3-Month Roadmap Work?
I’ve broken it down for you below.
Step 1: Identify Your Big Goal!
What do you want to achieve by the end of 3-months, 13-weeks or 90-days?
According to BestSelfCo you can achieve 4X’s more by planning 1 big goal each quarter versus 1 big goal per year. Makes sense, right? You need to make sure the goal is SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound)
Examples of SMART goals:
o I’ll make $5,000 per month in the first quarter.
o I’ll increase my email subscribers by 1,000 each month.
o I’ll lose 13 lbs in 3 months.
Step 2: Create Your Plan: Progress Milestones
You need a plan in place. The key to creating a roadmap is to break the goal into smaller goals called “progress milestones.” These important milestones are a way to track and measure your performance.
Analogy: Your goal is climbing Mt. Fuji. Your end goal is to reach the top. Right now you are at the base of the mountain staring up. How will you get there? You need a plan in place and the way to do that is to define progress milestones. To take the analogy a step further, think of your progress milestones as “basecamps” along your trek up Mt. Fuji.
Examples of Progressive Milestones: (Let’s use the weight loss example of wanting to lose 13 lbs in 90 days)
o I will lose 1 lb per week (3500 calories = 1 lb)
o I will burn 250 calories more per day
o I will reduce my calories by 250 each day
Step #3: Working Your Plan: The 20 Mile March
The 20 Mile March are your daily tasks that will help you get to the basecamp. They are a list of specific actions steps you need to consistently take
Examples of daily tasks include:
o I will walk 10,000 steps a day
o I will record my food in an food tracker app
o I will eat 5 helpings of vegetables and fruit each day
While anyone of these steps are helpful in attaining a goal, the compound effect of putting them together into a coherent system will help you achieve your goals faster by helping you avoid detours, pit tops and stalling out.
The most MISSION CRITICAL part of this 3-step, 3-month roadmap is doing it! If you don't to schedule your time, act consistently every day and hold yourself accountable for planned, intentional, smart and strategic action – then most likely you won’t make your goals. And if you are like me, your goals are your dreams. It’s what makes life exciting!
Planner & Gratitude Journal All-in-One
A design feature that I really like is the combination planner and gratitude journal all-in-one. There are three lines for journaling what you are grateful for in the morning and another three lines for reflecting and writing what you are thankful for in the evening. There's science-based evidence that people who have a daily gratitude practice are generally happier, healthier and more successful than those who don't. To learn more about the link between a gratitude and wellbeing, click here.
Cheers to 2017. Wishing you an abundance of success!
Self-promotion is an essential life skill for entrepreneurs, small business owners and for just about anybody who wants to grow professionally.
Being humble shows good character, but keeping successes a secret, is a mistake.
A couple of weeks ago, a colleague was telling me about some of her big business wins over the last year. There were no announcements in her newsletters or social media posts and no press releases. Here achievements were all hidden secrets. Why wasn’t she celebrating her wins? These were huge directional changes that were up-leveling her business.
It turns out, she was worried what others would think or say if she “put it out there.” Not wanting to be thought of as boastful or obnoxious, she thought her success would draw negative attention.
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