Over the last couple of decades, there has been a huge growth in the number of research papers about mindfulness. Scientists worldwide have been examining the effectiveness of mindfulness in a wide variety of contexts, including the workplace, healthcare and education. The results are very compelling and part of the reason for the growing interest in training and practice…
Research shows that Mindfulness improves Emotional Wellbeing
- Mindfulness helps protect us against emotional exhaustion at work. Anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue and irritability all decrease.
- People who practise mindfulness regularly are happier, more contented, and are less likely to suffer from psychological distress.
and did you know that happy people are on average 12% more productive?
Benefit of Mindfulness on Decision Making, Creativity, Focus and Memory
- Mindfulness training helps individuals notice when attention strays so focus and concentration improve.
- Improved presence means people are less impulsive and reactive. Ability to self-regulate and manage emotions also improves. All of this facilitates discernment and the ability to appraise situations and events with greater calm and equanimity.
- Working memory and creativity improve, reaction times are faster and mental / physical stamina is boosted.
“decisions made today shape tomorrow and powerfully determine success or otherwise”
Research proves the value of Mindfulness on Emotional Intelligence
Mindfulness improves the skills of emotional intelligence which are vital to success in work now… the ability to be self and socially aware, to know what one is feeling and how this is impacting judgement and experience; to be emphatic and skilled in building and maintaining positive relationships, to be confident, adaptable and optimistic so one can change direction easily and optimise opportunities.
Enhanced Brain Function occurs as a result of Mindfulness Practice
- It increases grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention.
- It soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds up those areas that lift mood and promote learning.
- It even reduces some of the thinning of the brain that naturally occurs with ageing.
Research proves the value of Mindfulness on both Physical and Mental Health
- Physical – improves heart function, reduces blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, less infectious diseases and pain associated with chronic conditions
- Mental – improves mood, quality of life, less susceptible to all psychological issue
*(Taken from http://franticworld.com/what-can-mindfulness-do-for-you/)
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This blog was written by Joanne O’Malley, Mindfulness at Work