Mindfulness in the workplace
Mindfulness is a technique for reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It also helps you to overcome sleep problems and procrastinating and increased focus and productivity at work.
As it is scientifically based, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), BBC and Radio 4 and Google approved, mindfulness trainings for organisations of all sizes and in all sectors has become increasingly popular.
It teaches greater awareness of our thoughts, feelings and sensations through simple techniques like meditation and gentle movement. And you don’t need to go on a retreat in India or sit on the top of the Himalayas simply practice on a chair, a sofa or a floor in your home, hotel room, train journey, office or outdoors.
so let’s establish how you can benefit from mindfulness in the workplace:
Does any of this sound like you?
- I want to reconnect with my creativity, spark and imagination but don’t know how
- Instead of feeling demotivated and bored at times, I want to feel more focused, passionate and enthusiastic about my work
- I’d like to achieve even greater success levels in work and relationships
- I want to become more productive, to procrastinate less, to make smarter use of my time and to consistently meet/exceed my targets
- Making it to the top of my career is a key priority for me
- I’d like to enhance my leadership skills, to improve my communication style, to read people more efficiently and to become more emotionally intelligent
- Obstacles keep holding me back because I’m afraid of not having what it takes to be successful or to follow my ideal career path
- I’d like to be more decisive
- Work takes up most of your life and you constantly feel like you are chasing your tail
- The joy has gone out of your life and you feel like you have lost your spark
- You can’t remember the last time you took a day off
- You feel like a hamster trapped in a wheel going round and round
- Been too busy is something you perceive as a sign of success or of a flourishing career
- Often you eat in tandem with other tasks and rarely take a lunch hour
- Days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them
- You’ve recently noticed that you are consistently more tired when you get up in the morning than you are when you go to bed
- There is so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when your laying in your comfy bed
- You put work first and leave everything else to the last minute such as loo breaks and GP appointments, parents’ evenings etc
- Traffic jams signal the beginning of phone meetings for you
- You continually feel like you are missing out on family life
- Often you feel guilty that you’re not there for your kids or your partner as much as you’d like to beY
- You wish you didn’t feel too tired or busy to enjoy your social life
It doesn’t help either that this fast paced, quick fix, target-driven, celebrity and social media obsessed Society we currently live in is remarkably effective at brainwashing people into believing they should look a certain way, act a certain way, be a certain someone, when in reality every single one of us is different.
Society pigeonholes people and wants you to believe that you have fewer rights to be happy because you do not fit an idealistic lifestyle. This toxic pigeonholing’ happens because it keeps the consumer tread mill in business, continually filling up the pockets of plastic surgeons, BMW and Mercedes, banks, estate agents and pharmaceutical companies who prescribe so called “happy pills”.
Well the good news is you are not alone in this, we all feel at least one of these things sometimes…
Even more good news, Mindfulness and emotional intelligence strategies and tools can really help you to overcome stress, burn out and to develop new/improved business skills too
See more about the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace for you and your organisation here: