Mindful or Mind Full?

Compliplus MindfulnessMindfulness can be defined as the psychological process of purposely bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. Mindfulness practices can help increase your ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help focus attention, as well as observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment.

In the context of our working lives we are often driven to distraction by calls, emails, deadlines and even colleagues to name but a few so the idea that we can use mindfulness and meditation to better manage our workday isn’t such a bad thing.

Benefits of mindfulness at work  

1. Less stress.

Meditation has been found to reduce stress in the workplace as it can help you to regulate your emotions. The practice of meditation enables a person to become more comfortable with unpleasant thoughts and emotions that arise because in challenging situations, they learn how to react calmly, thoughtfully, and empathetically when faced with stress and challenges. In effect, a regular practitioner of meditation can “train their brain”, rewiring it to become more resilient to stress. There are also physical benefits like lowered heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and fewer spikes in cortisol (the stress hormone).

2. More focus and productivity.

How often have you been working on a document when an email pops up and grabs your attention, distracting you from the task at hand? Research has found that meditation can help focus the mind on the task at hand. Single-tasking is doing one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is trying to do two or more tasks at the same time or switching back and forth between tasks. In reality, your brain is madly switching from one thing to the next, often losing data in the process. By focusing on the task at hand and seeing this through, the more productive you will be.

3. Easier teamwork. 

In a teamwork situation if more people are aware of their emotions and react in a mindful way this can result in a more collaborative and compassionate workplace. If your team is suffering from a lack of trust and poor communication, meditation could help turn things around.

4. Improved job satisfaction and engagement. 

There is a positive link between mindfulness and engagement at work, according to research. In a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Medicine, nurses who used a meditation app for one month reported improvements in job satisfaction. Mindfulness can help employees with enhanced engagement and in turn job satisfaction. When practised at a company level it can improve relationships with co-workers, lower stress, and increase emotional balance and positivity.

5. Better Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) affects the workplace at all levels, and mindfulness can help improve EI, according to the Harvard Business Review (HBR). Using mindfulness in the workplace can improve the emotional intelligence leading to benefits like:

  • More effective management styles
  • Better manager-employee relationships
  • Stronger, healthier team dynamics
  • Fewer rash decisions that can damage the business
  • Healthier strategies for preventing or addressing conflict when it comes up
  • Creating a more positive work environment

6. Enhanced Creativity

Nowadays computers perform many routine activitiesso the real value that people can add is creativity. Enhanced creativity can help develop new products, find innovative solutions to problems and redesign processes in an effective way. Studies have shownthat people are at their most creative when they're in a relaxed state. Relaxation allows people to look at problems differently, using divergent thinking to consider the widest range of potential solutions and hone in on the right one. Encouraging mindfulness in the workplace can support a stronger creative process.

 

How you can be mindful at work.

Make a clear decision at the start of your workday to be present as best you can. Pause for a few moments before you start your work day to set this intention in your mind. Breathe!

Mindful exercises train your brain to be more mindful and the good news is that the more you do the easier your brain finds it to drop into a mindful state, thus optimising your brain function. In the busy workplace, finding time for a 30-minute mindful exercise can be difficult. Mindful exercises can be as short as you want them to be - even one minute of consciously connecting with one of your senses can be classified as a mindful exercise. You don’t need to close your eyes. You don’t even need to be sitting down. At times of excessive pressure at work, practicing a short mindfulness exercise can be a saviour. Take a few mindful breaths to rebalance your nervous system, toning down the fight-or-flight response and engaging the wise part of your brain, so that you make reasoned decisions rather than automatically react to situations.

Compliplus recently held a “Self-Care at work” mindfulness event which focused on stress reduction at work and using mindfulness to better manage your work day. If this is something you or your business may be interested in please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..