Mindfulness at work is not a new concept, it has been encouraged by responsible employers (or forward thinking employers) for a long time, due to its proven benefits to workforce well-being and productivity. It is now respected by the scientific community as an effective way to fight work-related stress, including anxiety and depression. Research shows that mindfulness at work can improve an employee’s focus and reduce levels of emotional exhaustion, stress, psychological distress, depression, anxiety and occupational stress. Whether you are an employer or employee bringing mindfulness into the workplace will help you.
What is mindfulness?
Originally rooted in ancient Buddhist tradition, mindfulness is a mental state achieved by bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment and accepting one’s thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations without judgment.
Practicing mindfulness will make you a better version of you.
How do you practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the psychological process which can be developed through the practice of meditation, which can be incorporated, in a practical way in all aspects of daily life, not just “sitting to meditate”.
You can start with deep breathing which tends to relax your body and mind, then go on to focusing on just one thing. If your mind is drawn away, just acknowledge that your mind has wandered and gently bring it back to focus on your thing.
When you practice mindfulness at work you will become more capable of focusing on one thing at a time, which will also help you in performing better, boosting your productivity and getting better results.
A systematic review on the effects of mindfulness on employees’ mental health was conducted. The purpose of the study was to obtain a greater insight into the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on the mental health of employees.
24 articles were identified, describing 23 studies: 22 on the effects of MBSR and 1 on the effects of MBSR in combination with some aspects of MBCT. Since no study focused exclusively on MBCT, its effects are not described in this systematic review. Based on the analysis, the strongest outcomes were reduced levels of emotional exhaustion (a dimension of burnout), stress, psychological distress, depression, anxiety, and occupational stress. Improvements were found in terms of mindfulness, personal accomplishment (a dimension of burnout), (occupational) self-compassion, quality of sleep, and relaxation. The results of this systematic review suggest that MBSR may help to improve psychological functioning in employees.
Mindfulness based interventions can be easy, effective and are proven tools to reduce stress. It increases employee’s mental fitness and improves focus which helps boost productivity, creative, patience and understanding.
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