Most people would agree that today it’s easier to disregard your health than to create a specific plan to nourish it. We have jobs, extracurricular activities, family, and friends. But for the sake of those who care for us and for ourselves, it’s especially important to tend to our personal health. Jeff Schneider, longtime health enthusiast and dedicated athlete, understands just how important personal wellness is to all individuals. As a dedicated athlete, Jeff’s thankful to live in Austin where he has access to an assortment of health groups and gyms. An accomplished runner, Jeffry Schneider is part of a cadre of athletes dedicated to wellness in Central Texas. Jeffry sees groups of people coming together around wellness as a beautiful thing.
Jeff Schneider works arduously, but at the end of the day, he understands the worth of work-life balance. He doesn’t want to look up from his desk one day and realize that he’s compromised his personal health for business awards and personal success. To him, the quote from the following Dalai Lama rings true. When asked what surprised him most about the world, the Dalai Lama replied, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Jeff knows that neuroscientists have proven that relaxation is directly correlated with office workflow. Indeed, relaxation is essential for an individual to be able to finish work and function at a high level. The neuroscientists found that relaxation enables employees to work at peak efficiency with an improved capacity for socializing, maintaining a positive attitude, staying motivated, and enhanced creativity. Creating a relaxed office space requires a leader to consistently communicate openly, relate to their staff, and for the sake of morale, frame situations in a positive light. Upkeeping a relaxed office environment through communication requires sensitivity and intuition, but arguably, leaders rely mostly on creativity as it allows them to communicate and problem solve even when the situation is not ideal.