Mindful of the challenges faced by every one of us during the past two years, Zulal experts have come together to share their wellness tips with Qatar’s community to uplift health and wellbeing in 2022
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, the region’s largest wellness resort and the world's first to feature Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) and holistic wellness, anticipates the beginning of the new year with wellness tips for Qatar’s citizens and residents on behalf of the resorts internationally acclaimed wellness experts.
“While 2020 and 2021 have been difficult for most people, they also provided incentive to many of us to pay more attention to our own health and wellness. Aware of this trend, we wanted to bring our expertise to the benefit of the community by sharing a piece of advice and highlighting how Zulal Wellness Resort could support individuals in getting on the path of sustainable wellness”, said Sandie Johannessen, Zulal Wellness Resort Health & Wellness Director.
Over the past 2 years, the increase in screentime use was colossal, due to the expansion of remote working, consecutive lockdowns and the need to remain connected with family and friends via social media and other digital/virtual tools. This experience led to the phenomenon of digital fatigue, now widely observed globally and in Qatar. In that context, a digital detox is the only effective measure to alleviate such diagnosis.
“The importance of a digital detox in our busy lives filled with technology, extended screentime and constant social media engagement, cannot be overrated. We advise to eliminate it for at least 2-3 days every month as this helps to significantly reduce stress levels, decrease the risk of adverse effects on mental health and boost general wellbeing. All retreats offered by Zulal Wellness Resort practice a no-screen policy enforced throughout the resort except in the rooms. Paired with treatments and holistic therapies, digital detox doubles in efficiency, and we invite all Qatar residents in the quest for a serene escape to come to the resort for a relaxing, zero-screen getaway”, Sandie added.
Another risk in digital overload is the rish of losing connection with loved ones. “The temptation of staying glued to the screens during family gatherings is big, and family connections suffer greatly from this trend. Cultivating family wellness is a crucial part of individual wellbeing, that is why Zulal Wellness Resort offers family wellness programmes as part of its holistic philosophy, providing families with opportunities to reconnect through meaningful activities, special treatments and family wellness specialists consultations”, explained Zulal Wellness Resort Family Wellness expert Joelle El Khoury.
Another pillar of wellness that should not be neglected in the upcoming year is nutrition. During the pandemic, many of us struggled to maintain a healthy eating routine and treated mental discomfort with the so-called ‘comfort food’, salty and sugary treats. This behaviour can be tackled with mindful eating, the concept combining a healthy diet, control over the portions and conscious development of satisfaction from each meal. “Eating mindfully is crucial for general wellbeing, and Zulal wellness cuisine aims to offer the pleasure of eating while using healthy and organic ingredients. The outlets are designed to provide an ideal setting for a serene meal where each guest can fully enjoy both the gastronomic experience and the company. Our special wellness cuisine activities also allow families and adults to learn more about maintaining a balanced diet and develop a better understanding about the way we consume food”, said Indrajit Saha, Zulal Wellness Resort Executive Chef.
Practicing physical activity is also vital for the general wellbeing, but the effect is even greater when this practice takes place in the natural surroundings with greens, water and fresh air. “Integrating such practice in everyday life allows us to not only lift our spirits and stay fit, but also to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, depression and diabetes. Our ‘Vitamin G’ programmes are focused on boosting immunity through fitness and outdoors activities, and we encourage everyone to make them part of the daily routine for a healthy and happy 2022”, concluded Sandie Johannessen.
Zulal Wellness Resort is managed by Chiva-Som, a globally acclaimed pioneer in wellness and lifestyle transformation with 26 years’ experience honed at its flagship resort in Hua Hin, Thailand.