CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The Dawn, a rehab and wellness center located in a serene and secluded natural setting in Northern Thailand, has introduced a therapeutic new program to cater for people dealing with stress and depression caused by overwork and pressure to perform at work.
"With the Internet and smartphone, everybody’s getting busier. It’s as if we are all working 24/7,'' said Tony Tan, the clinical manager at The Dawn. “And it’s not just executives and businesspeople. So many of us are now working in competitive professions where our bosses demand higher results and longer hours. And having smartphones, we are expected to work anywhere and at any time – in the train, on the bus, at night, on days off. It takes a tremendous toll.”
Tan, a Singaporean psychotherapist, has been at The Dawn since it opened last year. He has been instrumental in designing the center’s Executive Burnout programme, aimed primarily but not exclusively at those seeking to recover from work-related stress. The programme incorporates comprehensive therapy, life coaching, stress management, fitness, Thai boxing, massage, and spiritual activities such as yoga and meditation.