Best Tips for Mindfulness in the Workplace

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Employees who practice mindfulness experience improved working relationships, photo Pexels-fauxels-3184423 (1)
Employees who practice mindfulness experience improved working relationships, photo Pexels-fauxels-3184423 (1)

Mindfulness has become a buzz word you have heard about on TV and online and if you have kids in school, they will have told you that they are learning about mindfulness too! But what exactly does it mean and how can it benefit us?

Understanding Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to recognize your thoughts and feelings and those of others around you without passing judgment or reacting to them. It also involves being present in the moment, rather than thinking about the past or future.

Employees who practice mindfulness experience improved working relationships, photo Pexels-fauxels-3184423 (1)
Employees who practice mindfulness experience improved working relationships, photo Pexels-fauxels-3184423 (1)



Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness is a concept that has made its way into the workplace due to the numerous benefits it offers to employees. Progressive employers understand the enormous benefits of mindfulness and see the benefit of encouraging their employees to practice it during their workday. Some of the benefits of mindfulness include the following:

Tips for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Work Day

It’s fairly easy to start practicing mindfulness in your workplace. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Start your day with five minutes of meditation or yoga. This will clear your mind so that you are ready to focus on the day’s tasks. The meditation could be individual or a guided group meditation.
  2. Set clear intentions on what you will accomplish today. Better yet, create these intentions at the end of your previous work day and simply, read them over to focus your mind on what you need to do.
  3. Focus on the task at hand to avoid multi-tasking. Multi-tasking is a time waster since your brain must readjust and refocus on the new task each time you jump back to it.
  4. Before sending or responding to emails, consider the point-of-view of the sender. Do not send emails if you are angry. Wait until you are calm and have considered the sender’s opinion before responding.
  5. Before eating, ask yourself if you are really hungry or whether you are eating due to stress or boredom.
  6. Take breathing breaks either at your desk or stand up and walk around the office for a few minutes while breathing deeply.
  7. Don’t micromanage subordinates as this creates stress for them. Give your direct reports the creative space to work and solve problems on their own if possible.
  8. Express gratitude throughout the day since expressing gratitude has been shown to improve creativity and feelings of wellness.



Mindfulness and Therapy

Some people will feel that mindfulness is not enough for them to achieve inner peace and relaxation and they may want to consider therapy. In therapy sessions infused with mindfulness, individuals are encouraged to embrace their thoughts and emotions without attaching undue weight to them. Mindfulness techniques learned in therapy become practical coping strategies to handle anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

Individuals seeking a deeper mindfulness experience through therapy should consult with experienced therapists such as those at PsyVitalitï in a safe environment.

Creating a mindfulness workplace is easy and inexpensive and the benefits of mindfulness are too numerous to ignore. Your employees will thank you for it!

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20 COMMENTS

  1. This is important to have in stressful environments. I know my husband could have used more of this while in the military.

  2. Highlighting the link between mindfulness and productivity is crucial. During my corporate tenure as a team manager, we promoted present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance. This fostered a culture valuing focus, creativity, and collaboration.

  3. This information is really important to spread because it will help people how to be mindful not only in business but in daily life.

  4. being mindful is very important in all of the aspect in life of a human that is why this is important to read.

  5. mindfulness is so very important and in today’s world, even more so.. so thanks for this reminder and these strategies

  6. Great post! I wish people in the work place would take these strategies seriously. Its the only way to make a positive environment for everyone

  7. This is such a good idea — I find myself distracted and unproductive quite a bit. I’ll have to work on making these habits a part of my day.

  8. These are helpful. I definitely need to try and be more mindful at work, because I don’t get a second to breathe.

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