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The Travel-is-Wellness Trap

The end of the year is where most people celebrate festivities, with Christmas and New Year happening just one week apart. This is followed closely by the Lunar New Year a couple of weeks after. Whether you’re on your own, or with family, with or without children in tow, going away on vacation is something that many plan for and look forward to. In fact, you’re probably headed somewhere in the next couple of weeks!

Do you have within your circle of friends, those who take it to the extreme and must travel for leisure every few months (or even weeks!), because it is their respite to get away from the hustle and bustle of their day-to-day responsibilities and stresses?

The reality of it is that living such a lifestyle is not sustainable. And this is even more so when we address the wellbeing pillars in the areas of finance as well as psychology and emotions.

Travel is wellness. But it should not be at the expense of other aspects of wellbeing. How then can we ensure that it is not a wellness activity only to experience temporary wellbeing, without addressing greater and deeper needs?

At Actxa Wellness, we live by the philosophy that having wellness in our lives should be an everyday activity and ideally, it is built up as a habit. Wellness should be accessible. And when we have this regularly in our lives, we can achieve that state of wellbeing that gives us the calm, headspace, and heart, to be present and to experience happiness.

Here are some tips to making wellness a way of life by building sustainable habits for longevity, to achieve elevated wellbeing.

1. Identify a bucket of wellness activities that are unique to you that will elevate your wellbeing.

2. Understand the different wellbeing pillars to be able to have a good mix of them in your bucket of wellness activities (ie. Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Financial, Social, Environmental, Intellectual, Career). Some activities could be a combination of more than one wellbeing pillar.

3. Focus these wellness activities on Nutrition, Rest and Physical Activity.

4. Prioritize these wellness activities and make time for them by scheduling them as no-compromise activities in your daily/weekly/monthly routine.

Here is how mine looks like

If you’d like to help employees in your organisation discover their bucket of wellness activities, drop us an email at and we can explore rolling out some workshop sessions for your teams.

About the Writer:

Alex Loh is a consultant and coach in the fitness, health and wellness space, business owner, podcast host, loving husband and doting father. His compass is guided by the desire to help people, where his focus is to help businesses and organisations harness fitness, health and wellness as the vehicle to build sustainable solutions. This led him to Co-found Actxa Wellness, where he leads as CEO.

Connect more with Alex Loh here ➡️


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