Taking on a more holistic state of being, where one’s mental, physical and emotional health are in sync..
The best gift or incentive you can ever give or receive is health
Consistent with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health, the Global Wellness Tourism Economy reports define wellness as:
“Freedom from disease, stress or anxiety - reaching a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing through proactive maintenance.”
Wellness is a proactive approach to health, a way of living, incorporating attitudes and activities that prevent disease, improve health, enhance quality of life, and bring a person to increasingly optimum levels of wellbeing.
It’s a lifestyle, sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, an approach to life designed to achieve your highest potential.
What is a wellness retreat exactly?
A wellness retreat focuses on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being of the individual.
Wellness retreats may sound like New Age fad, but in reality humans had been going on health-driven retreats for millennia…
Roman baths were found in Italy which became one of Europe's healthiest nations even today. Think ancient Romans traveling to mineral baths where you could find cleanliness and godliness under one roof.
“Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings,” said Pubilius Syrus a Roman author in the 1st Century BC.
A quest for longevity and health...
Of all developed countries people from Italy live the longest - an average of nearly 83 years for women and 77 for men. Obesity in Italy is currently around 8% of the population compared with nearly 31% in America, 23% in the UK and 13% even in other Mediterranean cultures like Spain.
What can we learn from Italy's excellent health record?
In Italian culture it is said that wellness is the right and the responsibility of every individual containing a few key secrets ….
- Good, wholesome food prepared with respect, care and love...
- Visiting spas or leisure centres similar to ancient Roman baths to find inner peace in tranquil environments
- Mindfulness movements such as morning hikes, yoga or tai chi
- Pleasurable experiences that stimulate the body and mind
- Going on a mind journey to discover more about what’s driving your life and helps you let go of what’s no longer needed, so you can bring in more of what will drive your peace, happiness and success
Lifestyle Phd wellness retreats bring out the best in your employees and save you money
Lifestyle Phd firmly believes that a healthy employee is a productive employee.
A healthy manager and leader is one that can motivate his team to peak performance. A healthy CEO can spot the gaps of where the organisations should grow… A healthy and happy employee can improve engagement and help move your business to great heights.
Employees are one of the most expensive costs for every business…
Finweek 34 reported in August 2017 that people spend at least 45 hours of the 168 hours in a week at their place of work. The expectation is that those hours should be meaningful to employees, that employees are achieving their goals and that they experience positive emotions while at work.
Yet research by global performance-management consulting company Gallup shows that only 13% of employees across 142 countries are “engaged” in their work while 87% of workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged”.
This means that globally only 13% of the workforce is emotionally invested in and focused on creating value for their organisations every day. The rest are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.
Disengagement is expensive: You are paying a 100% salary but you are not getting 100% output.
Engaged employees are the ones who are most likely to drive innovation, growth, and revenue that their companies desperately need, Gallup’s research found. They conceive new products and services, generate new ideas, attract new customers, and ultimately help spur the economy into generating more good jobs
It will be a fallacy to believe that everybody can be completely engaged at the workplace. However, if the number of disengaged people can be helped to become semi-engaged, imagine the difference it will make.
Give an employee a well-deserved vacation and they’ll return to work reinvigorated and reinvested in their jobs
Lifestyle Phd’s corporate wellness retreats are a fantastic way for professionals to focus on their health with an intensive week of relaxation, education, and rejuvenation. Rest and relaxation have always been the most practical remedy for the weary and tired.
Wellness program combines exercise, interactive workshops on nutrition, wellness coaching, team building, values factors, and engagement barometer workshops to effectively boost morale and encourage healthier, happier and more productive employees.
Top benefits of a wellness retreat ...
Better physical health
When your employees spend eight hours a day sitting in an office chair behind a desk, their physical health begins to suffer. On top of the lack of activity, stress has been proven to increase the likelihood of suffering certain health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. Stress has also been shown to result in poor dietary choices as well as shortened life spans. Wellness retreats can help correct all of this.
Better mental health
Just getting your employees out of the office is enough to improve their mental and emotional state, but what happens when they have to go back? Wellness retreats address the issue of balancing work and home life as well as the mental wellbeing of your employees by providing them with tools to handle stress. A better mental state means that your employees have a clearer mind and are more creative, better able to handle situations at work, have better lives at home and are generally happier individuals.
Relaxation and healing
A wellness retreat specifically focuses on unplugging and connecting with our inner selves. It gives you and your employees a chance to get away from the struggles of daily life, and a chance to get out of your heads and allow your bodies, minds, and spirits to heal.
Better employee engagement when back at work
Because you showed you care and sponsored employees on a trip out of the office, they would want to recuperate. Over and above this people get more engaged when they have a purpose again. During the retreat employees are reminded of their purpose of why they do what they do and how to honor respect and value that.
Impact on relationships
Health and wellness have significant implications for people’s close relationships as both an antecedent and an outcome of relationship functioning. Thus, the wellness retreat encompass research done on the ways health and wellness, is helpful in better forming relationships from employee to manager to executive board.
Wellness can encompass any issues related to a rich and satisfying quality of life and the stability and quality of people’s relationships can be a significant factor in promoting individual and relational well-being.
Other benefits are:
- Decreased health care costs
- Increased workplace morale
- Reduced absenteeism
- Increased productivity
- Increased company loyalty
- Decreased absenteeism
- Improved work performance
- Higher retention rates + less turnover
- Staff who are aligned and inspired, clear and contributing
- Driven and focused people
- Become a workplace of choice, let people seek you out...
Where is the retreat?
The temple at Bath would be nice 🙂 The Bath was a magnificent feature of ancient Roman architecture, standing on a podium more than two metres above the surrounding courtyard.
Approached by a flight of steps, there were four large, fluted Corinthian columns supporting the decorated pediment above. In the later second century the Temple was modified by the addition of small side chapels and the construction of a promenade area around the outside.
But we have to settle with second and third bests 🙂
Venues changes often depending on the needs of the company and amount of employees going, but it will almost always include facilities that can accommodate everything on the program.
What you get
Lifestyle Phd Wellness retreat program is designed to ensure professionals can fully regenerate, relax, reflex, recharge and re-energise, walking away empowered, invigorated and ready.
It includes the following:
- Personal evaluations (values, beliefs, barriers)
- Knowledge transfer in the form of talks, workshops and discussions
- Physical activities such as hiking and mobility exercises
- Relaxation and stress management techniques such as breathing, mindfulness, and meditation
- Powerhouse treatments from preventative medicine to detox therapies and spa treatments
- Weight-loss and management programs
- Getting rid of bad habits programs
- Therapeutic activities such as improve range of motion and strength
- Sleep therapy and management
- Various knowledge practices aimed at renewing the body, mind, and spirit
What’s the added value outcomes of a retreat?
When embarking on a wellness movement with prevention philosophies that manage the health of employees you can expect the following:
- Educating and empowering employees in how to live a healthy lifestyle - less sick time, more energy, and a clear mind - that can continue for years...
- Reducing employer healthcare costs by encouraging employees to make healthy lifestyle choices Boost productivity and performance thereby increasing higher profits and impact in the markets
- Creating a mindset for success – which is beyond simply pushing harder than the next person; it’s about building resilience, understanding and overcoming self-imposed fears and limits to bust through the layers of resilience - in life and work.
- Better understanding of other people, developing empathy, listening and communicating skills.
- Aligning the skills and passion that come with a career to personal life.
- Supporting people to find passions outside of work so life can become sweeter.
Taking full advantage of existing wellbeing program incentives, in-house facilities, and reward programs
- Incentives include rewards for employees participating in a wellness program, achieving certain health outcomes or metrics, or progress towards desired health outcomes such as, a targeted blood pressure, cholesterol, weight or body mass index (BMI) reading.
- Incentives normally are focused on an employee’s antioxidant score, which measures immune system strength, body alkalinity, which measures an employee’s ability to neutralize the physical effects of stressful environments - and heart rate, which measures physical stress load and ability to recover from stress.
- The incentives could be similar to those already offered by corporate wellness programs such as reduction in insurance premiums, contribution to health savings plans, and gift cards to healthy places or products for meeting these baseline metrics.