We have all experienced the last few months in our own way. Some of us live with other people, some of us live alone. Some have been in total isolation and others have at least had the dubious pleasure of heading to the shops once in a while. Now it’s time to reconnect, and with it comes the wellbeing benefits of spending time together – even if it is at a distance.
While we all thank our lucky stars for a world where digital communications has made it possible to stay connected with family and friends around the world over the last few months, there’s really no substitute for spending quality time in the presence of people we care about. So now that we’re beginning to be able to spend more time together, and spas are preparing to re-open, it’s the perfect time to reconnect with one another and enjoy the wellbeing benefits that time together brings.
When we think about improving our wellbeing, we tend to focus on things like working out, healthy eating and fitting that yoga class into the day. All things that you may (or may not) have had a little more time for during lockdown. However, never underestimate the power of good company as well. We have long been advocates of the power of touch therapies, but simply spending time in someone’s company can be good for mind, body and soul.
Studies have shown that social support—whether it comes from friends, family members or a spouse—is strongly associated with better mental and physical health. According to time.com, these studies suggest that a robust social circle can help lower stress levels; improve mood; encourage positive health behaviours and discourage damaging ones; boost cardiovascular health and improve illness recovery rates.
While our time apart has been of the utmost importance for public health, it has created a sense of loneliness for many that the digital solutions are not a complete solution to. We’re social creatures, for the most part, so spending time together is important to us. The key for us when the time is right, is to be able to do it safely and in environments where numbers are controlled and distancing is made possible.
A 2019 study conducted by health insurer Cigna and published in the American Journal of Health Promotion set out to determine what’s driving our inherently high rates of loneliness, present in our culture at the best of times, let alone during lockdown. Dr. Stuart Lustig, one of the report’s authors and Cigna’s national medical executive for behavioural health, noted that the report underscores the importance of carving out time for family and friends, especially since loneliness was inversely related to self-reported health and well-being.
Within that, he highlighted the value of doing enjoyable activities together, saying:
“Real, face-to-face time with people [is important], and the activity part of it makes it fun and enjoyable and gives people an excuse to get together.”
One of the beautiful things about a spa break is its adaptability. You can make the experience almost anything you want, and you can enjoy time with a loved one in a variety of ways. Perhaps it’s lounging by the pool or strolling in beautiful spa gardens now that they have come into bloom in the summer months. Maybe you’re looking forward to enjoying an afternoon tea or glass of Champagne together, or having manicures and pedicures side by side as you put the world to rights. We all enjoy a good Zoom call with friends from the comfort of our own homes, but after three months of digital communications, what we’re really craving is time in the company of the people we care about. Time is precious so when we reconnect, we’re determined to make it about quality time.
As our spas re-open, they are doing so with the utmost care and consideration for new health guidelines and any updates as they come along. If you would like to find out more about how spas are planning to support guests and their wellbeing in light of Covid-19 please visit our dedicated Guide.
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