What comes immediately to mind when you think of wellness?
To fully answer your question I would say wellness is so much more than it ever used to be! Today, it is about a total well-being or total wellness of oneself. It includes a well-rounded plan that includes things like spa services, yoga classes, eating healthy, mindfulness, exercising, and spirituality. It’s about a true “work-life-self” balance. To do wellness right, you have to be able to focus on all the different elements. In the past, it seemed more important to focus on one thing and do it well. Today, it seems like it is more important to be well rounded with the different wellness elements.
When choosing a wellness destination, I think it is important to look at their full breadth of wellness offerings and truly evaluate how “well” they do wellness. Anyone can say they are a wellness destination, but very few do it well. For example, our resort in Kohler, Wisconsin has been offering wellness activities for over 15 years. Everything from spa services to group fitness classes to miles of walking trails to walking 18 holes of golf, we have something for everyone…and we do it well!
Part of total well-being in today’s world means you have to have the ability to cut off the digital world….focus on digital detoxification. One of the number one illnesses / causes of death in the near future is going to be directly attributed to stress. To me, stress comes from never being able to unplug. As we become more and more dependent on electronics, this problem is only going to get bigger. Just take a second and think about how long you go in between checking your phone? Some people cannot go five minutes without checking something on their phone. The brain never has a chance to shutdown / reboot in this world, which is why digital detoxification is going to become a major offering among wellness destinations of the future.
In your mind what's the difference, if any, between wellbeing and wellness?
I think well-being is a lifestyle. Wellness is something we do in the short-term to get well, but well-being is a true change to how one thinks, breathes, lives, and responds to today’s challenges.
Camille Hoheb is the President of Wellness Tourism Worldwide. With nine awards for excellence and leadership in the travel and tourism industry, Camille is a sought after speaker and topic expert in all things related to wellness and travel.
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