Written by: Yves Preissler, Executive Contributor in collaboration with by Natasha Szoke
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Over-training, overthinking, and overachieving are souvenirs of the last millennia, the final accords of a race for external fame and fortune, to have it all and have it now. Many of us sacrificed our comfort and well-being to 'get there,' but we often ended up with uninvited guests: burnout, exhaustion, and disconnect.
At the turn of the 21st century, we realized that progressive, linear growth is only feasible by adopting sustainability principles. What once seemed to be a thrilling chase for the more and the better, we more often than not ended up in a 'luxury survivor trap,' surrounded by tremendous tasks and responsibilities with little to no time to immersive joy and self-reflect.
Today, over 80% of executives suffer from prolonged stress, and half of the population is experiencing chronic fatigue, often coupled with insufficient capacity to rest. While the quest for high performance is here to stay, our concept has matured in the past years: to sustain optimal performance and balance it with personal needs.
Stress overload significantly contributes to declining health, mood swings, and disorders. Self-destructive thought patterns, like seeing things as either black or white, as a win or a loss, good or bad, only make it worse. As a result, a split in personal goals, inner conflicts, burnout, and habitual overthinking leads to the Performance Dilemma: feeling guilt from taking time out when we need it the most and creating healthy work/life boundaries, ultimately leading to a decline in performance.
It is more feasible to thrive on peak performance all the time. However, we can aim to optimize our stress levels and accelerate natural recovery with a regenerative focus on lifestyle, strategically pace ourselves, utilize our cycles, and perhaps reinvent our definition of performance itself, and rediscover the value of creativity and intuition that come with optimal recovery.
Like many other fields, the global fitness-wellness-spa industry is (also) undergoing a shifting period triggered by the emerging need to re-establish global health, prevention, and wellbeing strategies and best practices. Newly designed spaces, concepts, and services strive to provide physical, mental, and emotional nourishment, safe, appealing spaces, and support new, well-being-centered communities to thrive.
Article: Co-Authored by Natasa Szoke – Senior Project Consultant and Research Analyst Yves Preissler Business Consulting
Yves Preissler, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Yves Preissler is the founder of YP Business Consulting. Yves is leading a team of professionals bringing a wealth of global expertise in providing fitness turn key solutions for commercial, residential, hotel and large scale home gyms. The YP team guides investors, developers and business owners through all the stages required in a successful project: Market / competitive studies, feasibility analysis, detailed financials, location sourcing, concept design, design/ project development, project management, recruitment, sales, marketing and operations.