Mindfulness At Work

Toxic emotions disrupt the workplace, and mindfulness increases your awareness of these destructive patterns, helping you recognize them before they run rampant. It’s a way of reprogramming your mind to think in healthier, less stressful, ways.

The following information is an introduction to the age old practice of mindfulness, focusing on its application at work.

Mindfulness Definition

Mindfulness essentially means moment-to-moment awareness. Although it originated in the Buddhist tradition, you don’t have to be Buddhist to reap its benefits. This description explains the basic philosophy:

When you are mindful…you become more aware of yourself and your surroundings, but you simply observe these things as they are. You are aware of your own thoughts and feelings, but you do not react to them in the way that you would if you were on ‘autopilot’ By not labeling or judging the events and circumstances taking place around you, you are freed from your normal tendency to react to them.

Mindfulness Benefits

Mindfulness enhances emotional intelligence, notably self-awareness and the capacity to manage distressing emotions. It also delivers these measurable benefits:

Reduced stress. Lower blood pressure. Improved memory. Less depression and anxiety.

Other Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness includes a broad spectrum of informal activities in addition to meditation and MBSR. Here are a few simple techniques that you can incorporate every day, even at work:

Spend at least 5 minutes each day doing nothing. Get in touch with your senses by noticing the temperature of your skin and background sounds around you. Pay attention to your walking by slowing your pace and feeling the ground against your feet

Mindfulness At Work

A number of well-known companies have implemented mindfulness programs for its employees and have seen success with it.

For example:

Apple

Google

McKinsey Company

Deutsche Bank

Procter & Gamble

General Mills

Aetna