Neuroscientists have shown that Mindfulness can change the way the brain functions, improving cognitive flexibility (the ability to understand multiple points of view), creativity and innovation, well-being, emotional regulation and empathy. So what exactly is Mindfulness?
Well, there are numerous definitions but broadly speaking, Mindfulness is paying active attention to the present moment and observing our own thoughts and reactions without judgment.
It’s often practiced through meditation and breathing exercises but the key is to find techniques that allow us to switch off from outward distractions and focus inwardly every day. As little as ten minutes every day is said to make a real difference and, if practiced regularly, Mindfulness can help us to be more positive and to manage our reactions and emotions in a healthier way.
• Help reduce workplace tensions and conflict
• Enhance innovation and creativity
• Improve communication and clarity of messages
• Provide the tools and skills to respond appropriately to workplace challenges
• Build resilience to deal with pressure and workplace stress
• Create the ability to be open, flexible and adaptable.
These improvements in both physical and mental health can help reduce stress and increase employee resilience, which, for employers, translates into higher productivity and reduced sickness absence levels.
In the current economic climate where employees are being asked to do more with less, are working long hours with increasingly heavy workloads, Mindfulness may provide a way to help employees be happier, healthier and more productive.