Is there a trade-off between high performance and wellbeing?

If you take care of your wellbeing you can maintain high performance.

So there is a correlation between wellbeing and high performance.

But NO: It’s not a trade-off. You don’t have to choose either or.

If you neglect your well being your performance will suffer.

But I get the dilemma that many are having. I know because I’ve been there.

Lately I gave a workshop on the topic stress. Part of that workshop was focusing on recovery. The participants struggled with part of the exercise we were doing, because it was focusing, planning breaks, recovery time and what recovery looks like.

The issue was they thought they have so much to do, that they couldn’t plan mini breaks and had to instead put in the hours for work.

During the workshop I doubted the research I’ve been reading. Did I go to soft? Should there be a degree of neglecting wellness or selfcare to be able to perform?

The definition of Burnout is: Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

Also in my presentations I refer to the Burnout slides where a step along the slide is “neglecting your own needs”.

The key here is, how long you neglect your own needs. If it is once in a while and you get back to regular selfcare. You should be ok.

But if it’s lasting longer. Then you should speak up and/or reach out. I’m here for you.