The everyday life of a professional makes a machine out of him/her who is enslaved to schedules, targets, deadlines, and meetings. This creates a certain ennui that affects not only the mental wellbeing but also the productivity of a professional. Naturally, it’s always a wise idea to take some days off the grind, get some time to think and reflect, and spend some much needed time with the ones dear to you. Any holiday in general can be a great way to de-stress and cast off the worries of a mechanical life for once. But off late a lot of organization have come up which tailor and design holidays specially meant to add to your wellness.

From the traditional lot, there’s a lot one can do during the holidays that adds to one’s wellness. If one is on a holiday to a particular city, one can visit places like  zoos, gardens or other such areas of natural importance. Exposure to nature not only lifts up your mood but also contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell. Trips to picturesque hill stations appeal to your aesthetic side and even the sheer beauty of them is sometimes good enough to induce calmness and a sense of tranquility into you. It will be a much needed break from the concrete jungles that a professional is imprisoned in otherwise.

There are certain high-octane ways of holidaying too. For the adrenalin junkies, there can be adventure trips involving trekking, water-sports, paragliding, etc. These can release a lot of stress especially for corporate people who are tied down to the confines of their cubicles or their chairs or the boardrooms. It helps them gain that much-needed release which eludes them in a typical corporate environment.

Coming to some specialized ‘wellness holidays’, the focus is primarily on relieving both the mind and the body of stress. They are typically spread across durations anywhere between 9 days to 2 months. Massages, Spas, Jacuzzis, etc are common to almost of all them. Some incorporate exotic treatments like the leech therapy to rid  the body of toxins or some mystical disciplines from the Far East or Ancient Indian medicine and Yoga to heal not only your body but also your soul. Many of them incorporate weight loss programs into their offering for those who are on the wrong side of the weighing scale.

Even if you are in no particular need for weight loss, a key feature of a lot of these wellness holiday programs is to regulate your food to pacify your mind and remove the toxins from your body. Obviously along with these treatments a lot of arrangements are made for you to go out and enjoy yourself: like sprawling gardens, guided tours of the nearby landmarks, trekking, etc. All in all, it’s just what the doctor ordered!

What do you think?