Elon Musk says vacations can kill you. He’s obviously in the minority, since it’s well-proven that taking time away from work to de-stress and recalibrate helps you to cope with the pressures of a highflying career.
We’re all familiar with the detox or wellness retreat – where you spend a weekend or even a week or two in lush, tranquil surroundings, tended to by health and lifestyle practitioners who help you to lose weight, treat ailments and adopt healthier habits. Crucial to the success of such retreats is to completely switch off from work to fully concentrate on your wellbeing.
But at this year’s Global Wellness Summit (GWS) held in Singapore, its CEO Susie Ellis outlined the emergence of several wellness trends – chief of which is The Wellness Sabbatical®, where one can embark on a longer-term wellness programme while still staying connected to one’s job.
The GWS even saw fit to trademark the term, “to establish its importance as an emerging concept within the wellness tourism space,” says Ms Ellis. And also, to highlight that doing a sabbatical isn’t new, but doing it in a wellness setting can positively change your lifestyle for the long term.