Most of us spend more time at work than anywhere else, and with increasing workloads, job uncertainty, and office politics to deal with, it’s little wonder that many of us find work one of the most stressful places to be. Research has shown that working in a stressful environment can make us less productive, less happy in our jobs, and more likely to suffer from a physical or mental health issue.
The benefits of being more mindful at work
Many companies are turning to mindfulness to try and undo some of the negative effects of workplace stress. There are numerous benefits of a more mindful workplace. People who are mindful tend to be able to manage stressful situations more easily, they handle conflict better, they are better at managing their emotions, and they’re more focused and creative.
So how can you be more mindful at work? You don’t need to be sat on a cushion in lotus position with your eyes shut (though you can if you wish!). Try these simple ways of being more mindful at work:
Whatever you’re doing, be present
Whenever you’re doing a work task, make a choice to be fully in the present moment. Even if the task is tedious, don’t let your mind wander. Instead, give 100% attention to what you’re doing and watch how much a quieter mind with less complaining and judging can improve the quality of your work on any task.
Do one thing at a time
Multi-tasking can make you feel like your mind is all over the place. It can increase feelings of stress and affect your ability to think clearly. Focus fully on one thing at a time then between tasks, take a short break or a few calming breaths to regroup.
Set a reminder on your phone to just ‘be’
When you’re rushing from meeting to meeting, or working towards a tight deadline, it’s easy to go into autopilot to get things done. Set a reminder on your phone at certain times of the day to remind you to just breathe and come back into the present moment.
Mindful people know how to pause before responding or making a decision, they don’t react or make a knee-jerk decision. This results in them making better decisions and less mistakes. Next time you realise that you’re rushing around, stop and take a couple of slow, deep breaths to re-centre yourself.
Take a mindful breath
If stress at work has you wearing your shoulders as earrings, try choosing moments to take a few strategic deep breaths throughout the day. This will encourage you to just pause and have a little bit of calm in your day. Try taking a deep breath before you go into a meeting and before you answer the phone.
Mindfulness will not get rid of stress, but it can make us more aware of it. When we notice that we’re stressed, mindfulness helps us pause, and choose how we react to it so we feel more in control.
Would you like to learn how to cope better with stress?
Our stress awareness course can:
- Help you understand the physical and mental effects of stress
- Increase your knowledge of the signs, symptoms, risk factors, and usual treatments for stress
- Help you identify your own triggers
- Introduce you to mindfulness and how you can enjoy being in the present
- Help you identify positive coping strategies to reduce stress and promote good mental health
How to book a place
The course is for anyone aged 16 and above, and you don’t need any qualifications or experience in mental health to take part.
You can register your interest by filling in our form. The course instructor will then get in touch to confirm your place.
If you have any questions, or you’d like more information on any of our courses, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07917062257.