WSW Asia speakers on achieving life-work balance

Create a night-time ritual

- Luisa Anderson, regional director of spa – Bali, Maldives, Langkawi, Thailand, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

In the fast-paced world we live in it can be easy to forget that taking time for yourself can be of huge benefit to you and your team. After a series of losses, extensive travel and dealing with health issues, Luisa Anderson realised that to be successful at work and thrive in her personal life she had to review what needed to change to bring back the joy. 

“The biggest impact has come about by starting with the small things: eating healthy, being kind, discovering a local beach where I can walk and swim, and most of all, being completely present,” says Anderson. 

“Sleep is precious to me and I’m now honouring the fact that my body needs that. The hardest thing was switching off devices at a self-negotiated time of 9pm and allowing between four to six off-line hours in a row on each of my days off."

Since learning to live in the moment, Anderson’s productivity and inspiration is flowing more than ever before. “Most of the joy and vitality that I was missing in my life is back and I’m better for it.”

Anderson will be speaking on the panel titled "What I wish I knew then: key takeaways from leaders in spa and hospitality" at 4.20pm on day one of the convention

She will also speak on the panel, "Authenticity & wellness – Fake it and your customers will find out" at 2.15pm on day two


Form good habits

- Julie Bach, president, Spa4ThePink/Wellness for Cancer

Many senior positions require an element of travel, which often means spending time away from family, and these long-haul flights can take their toll. For Julie Bach, it was this exact scenario which taught her the importance of managing sleep and making her mental wellbeing a priority. 

“If you’re a small company then it is very easy to cut corners on where you stay when travelling to make sure you remain within budget, but in reality, this decision can negatively impact you. When you don’t have a good night’s sleep or there isn’t the option of a healthy breakfast you can’t properly manage your own wellbeing,” says Bach. 

“Also, utilise the time you spend waiting in airports or sitting on aeroplanes to meditate, organise your thoughts or do yoga nidra. There is nothing better to calm the mind than spending time in meditation. When the mind is calm, not only can you make better decisions for yourself and your team, but you can manage any schedule changes and difficult situations with more ease.”

Bach will be speaking as part of a panel titled "Treating cancer patients and others with disability in the spa environment" at 2.50pm on day one of the convention. 

World Spa & Wellness Asia takes place at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand, on May 13-14, 2019.
Delegate passes to World Spa & Wellness Asia are priced at US$475 for buyers and US$1,475 for suppliers, including access to the two-day convention, as well as two networking evening events and refreshments throughout the two days. Book your place online here.