Mindfulness is a popular and scientifically proven technique essential for managing stress, building resiliency, and optimizing energy. It involves training of the human mind to make it more aware and conscious of the present moment. It also means that an individual is operating fully in the present, and not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
When I am conducting workshops on workplace productivity or employee wellness, the subject of mindfulness is on the top of my mind.
Whether I am coaching an executive, athlete, or stay-at-home mom, mindfulness is an essential aspect of my coaching.
Mindfulness will help you effectively manage your emotional state so you can make the best use of the relaxation techniques I provide. Without mindfulness, we may continue to operate in a state of chronic stress without even realizing it. This is a problem because we must be aware of the stress in our lives in order to manage it effectively. Even if we do recognize stress, we must condition the mind to respond in a controlled way when stressful situations happen. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to help individuals overcome stress, increase productivity, and protect vital energy.
Consider this definition of mindfulness:
“Mindfulness – the capacity for managing awareness and attention in the moment – involves cultivating the capacity to ‘attend to’ the situation at hand in ways that are purposeful and well-balanced. The ability to be ‘in the present moment’ releases the mind from habitual, ruminative patterns that lead to worry, fragmentation and burn-out, and enables more intuitive, productive and creative responses to new challenges.”
Mindfulness allows us the time needed to stay present and gives us a chance to feel our feelings and experience our thoughts. And when we take the time to experience our thoughts, we stand a better chance of making better decisions and choices.
Developing a heightened awareness of yourself and the world around you, and seeking to be very clear about your present circumstances and events, will deliver many benefits.
One of the most important benefits of mindfulness is that by “tuning in” to yourself, you are effectively “tuning out” the things that trigger stress. The blockages, skewed perceptions and artificial fears brought about by stress tend to fade when you’re actively taking account of your surroundings. This holds true during meditation exercises that are meant to enhance your skills with mindfulness as well.
Benefits of Mindfulness
- Helps you improve your ability to look at different aspects of a situation (this includes aspects that are internal to you and aspects that involve the external world
- Helps you increase productivity and your potential of becoming an authentic leader
- Helps you improve your complex problem-solving skills
- Helps you make a genuine connection with your fellow workers
- Helps you improve your ability to foster lasting relationships with your internal and external stakeholders
- Helps you learn how to deal with difficult situations in a more effective manner
- Helps you improve focus and become more creative and compassionate
Mindfulness-based stress-reduction programs have been included in the top 10 list of trends for the year 2014 and beyond, and for good reason. Research has discovered that yoga programs and mindfulness-based exercises can help employees with high stress levels improve their stress levels, quality of sleep, and their stress response. This raises a question: should HR professionals consider adding such programs to their employee benefits mix?
The answer is fairly simple. If you want to improve the productivity of your employees in a simple and straightforward manner, a mindfulness-based stress-reduction program is a proven method with numerous benefits for both employees and the organization.Tags: mindfulness, productivity, stress management