I can’t tell you how much I am excited about posting on this topic. This is by far one of my favorite subjects to talk about. Why? Because mindfulness takes a page from the holistic living book and helps people become more aware of their life and how to deal with any stresses or problems ensuring a healthier way of living. Let’s dig a little deeper as to exactly what mindfulness is.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness has been a hot topic for awhile now and before I go through why it’s important in the workplace I want to let you know exactly what mindfulness is. By definition:
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Just like the word states, mindfulness is being aware. Often times we drift through life not in tune with our own bodies or mind. We let the environment around us take control of our situations which causes stress and overwhelm which then leads to an unhealthy lifestyle. When one is aware or is in a complete state of mindfulness the control is back in one’s hands.
How do you become mindful?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation. It is a guided meditation that should be done throughout the day. There are different sessions depending on what you are struggling at that particular moment. For example, if you keep having negative thoughts which then causes a snowball effect of negativity and ultimately anxiety, a mindful session strictly for negative thoughts will have you sit in a quiet space, eyes closed is optional and for five to ten minutes listen to the voice first telling you to notice your feelings, bring them to the forefront and it’s ok to feel them. Then will force you to think of something that makes you smile or happy and truly be engulfed in the visualization, truly feeling the very thing or time or person that makes you smile and feel good. That’s it! What this does is takes you out of that negative surrounding that negative bubble and opens the mind to embrace the goodness in your life. This works with anything…relationships, finances, self image, etc.
Mindfulness in the workplace
No longer is there corporate wellness, there is now corporate well-being. The days of only having fitness, nutritional and assessments are over. Corporations are embracing that in order for higher productivity, lower absenteeism the employee’s health and well-being has to be looked at holistically. The days of leaving your personal life at home is over, especially when your work is your personal life. Stresses of working long hours, financial worries, home issues takes a toll on the mind which filters through bad eating habits, moodiness, lethargic so no energy to workout and a sense of overwhelm so much so that you feel trapped and lost. Not only does this affect the health of the employee which in turn leads to absenteeism, presenteeism (physically at work but low productivity) but it also leads to higher insurance rates, high turnover and an unhealthy culture. This is why corporate wellness is at an all time high and companies working on taking care of their employees. With mindfulness in the workplace, the employees take only 10 min here and there to step away, meditate, focus on their breathing which leads to a sense of calm and an open mind. Productivity goes up, moods are happier and more calming so as to not make unnecessary mistakes.
Take a look at your company culture, do you have a corporate wellness (well-being) program and could you use mindfulness practice in your every day life? Please comment below and let me know.