Learn about the benefits of introducing mindfulness into the workplace for both company and staff.
Mindfulness is about giving full attention to the present moment.
Too often our minds resort to a more habitual state of mind, commonly known as ‘auto-pilot’, where we are often preoccupied with dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
In contrast, when we pay attention to what we are doing in the present moment, we engage different parts of the brain and experience things directly, becoming more focused, attentive and productive.
Practising mindfulness has been proven to help increase ability to manage stress as well as reduce mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
With today’s work environment often fast paced and at times pressurised and overwhelming, it is important to take steps to reduce the impact this has on mental health as much as possible.
The increased concentration as a result of practising mindfulness helps improve task management and also provides a sense of calm to more effectively manage tension, frustration and anger, which may be experienced in the workplace.
Mindfulness can be practised in many ways. Simple exercises that we sometimes take for granted, such as walking, breathing and journaling, all present an opportunity to conduct them in a mindful fashion by paying full attention to them, as do practising mental and physical exercises such as Meditation, Yoga and Tai Chi.
Mindfulness techniques are more accessible than most people perceive. Even a few minutes can have a positive impact on concentration. Any activity conducted with absolute focus results in the ‘auto-pilot’ mode working less and becoming weaker, meaning worries about past or future events soon begin to fade.
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