The Top 5 Benefits of Mindfulness Practice at Work
Mindfulness has become a buzzword that is often used to promote a range of practices and products. From juicing and meditation to float tanks and cryotherapy.
But mindfulness helps make people more productive in every area of their lives, including at work. Here are 5 ways that mindfulness helps at work:
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
1. Mindfulness Increases Productivity
If a person is practicing mindfulness, they’re less likely to be overwhelmed by everything that’s going on at work.
This means it’s easier for them to prioritise and have self awareness about what they’re capable of.
So if they need to delegate, they can and if they need to do extra work, they feel capable to do so.
With the added benefits of stress reduction, taking a quick mindfulness meditation while at work will help you avoid procrastination.
Meaning you spend less time on facebook or browsing google, and more time on the more important jobs.
“Regular mindfulness meditation can change the structure of the brain for the better!”
– Harvard Medical School
2. Mindfulness training can improve emotional intelligence
Almost every one of us has to interact with other people during the course of our work day, and it can be easy to get frustrated with other people.
By practising mindfulness, decision making becomes easier because you understand how other people are feeling and why they’re reacting the way they are.
3. People who practice mindfulness may have better regulation of their emotions
Unless you’re a practiced buddhist, it’s easy for us to let our emotions get the best of us when work is frustrating. But, just like meditation practice and other mindfulness exercises, it can help you understand other people better, as well as yourself.
If you can understand and better control your emotions, you can get more done. Recognising when you need a break and how to cope with what’s going on, will make your day less stressful. In turn making you feel better at work and at home.
4. A work mindfulness program may increase employee engagement
Providing everyone with access to a mindfulness program (preferably one done by someone in clinical psychology or another recognised field) can help everyone in the workplace. Some of the ways it can help are:
Make employees feel valued and that their mental health is important
Better employee productivity
Helps to generate new ideas
Showing other colleagues that you care about them and how they’re coping with all the stresses of everyday life, will help them understand themselves better. So with all the benefits of mindfulness at work considered, it may make for a kinder, more considerate workplace overall!
5. Mindfulness improves overall wellbeing – including physical health
By practising mindfulness, you’re not only to be better rested and have stress reduction, you’re also less likely to get sick.
This means that you can save sick days for when you really need them, and don’t have to come back to work too early because you’ve used up your sick leave.
If you feel better mentally, you often feel better physically, so being mindful at work means you’ll be more aware of your body and what it needs throughout the day to keep performing at optimal levels.
Plus, you’ll be better able to enjoy days off and weekends and holidays knowing that you’re doing everything you can to reduce illness.
So when you’re at work you’re at work, and when you’re not, you can do things you really enjoy!
Mindfulness can seriously help you at work – both because you’ll be more productive and because you’re likely to enjoy it more.
Enjoy stress reduction, increased physical health, better understanding of your colleagues and yourself, and all through enjoyable practices like meditation and exercise!
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