For most of the people I see, WORK is the most stressful part of their lives.
Pressures are constant. Many work long hours, are overwhelmed with information overload and the demands of technology, have to meet tight deadlines, make complex decisions and achieve results in the face of constraints that aren’t of their own making.
The magic of Mindfulness is that it offers the possibility of mental and emotional rest no matter what events / circumstances arise in the average workday.
Stuck in low level stress, anxiety all day?
Many people are unaware and out of touch with the thinking / feeling patterns that trigger and re-enforce fight/flight mode and operate this way habitually. Not only does hyper arousal reap havoc with the body (resulting in heart conditions, high blood pressure and some many more health problems) but it prevents people being able to think clearly, relate skilfully and work optimally.
Mindfulness trains us to stay present; to become more aware of what is going on inside and around us giving us the capacity to see clearly and act from a wider perspective where there are more options. It sharpens our focus so we are less prone to distraction and rumination so can give our undivided attention to the task in hand.
How to bring Mindfulness into work?
Developing Mindfulness takes practice so that is why participating in a course is helpful.
It takes regular and consistent practice to create new neural patterns and disentangle old habits.
But, you can START now and it will only take a minute!
T TAKE a breath ‘mindfully’ – ‘feeling the inbreath in the nose, throat, the swelling chest, the rising belly and the outbreath (calming) as the body deflates and you let go/ let be.
A ALLOW the breath to bring you into your body ‘sensing’ that you are ALIVE , AWARE & AWAKE
R REST there – consciously letting go of any holding, tension, stress in the body
T TAKE 10 seconds to move your attention to your senses – looking, listening, feeling…
When your attention is relaxed, focused and open – not only are you working at your best but you are healthier, happier and a much easier colleague to collaborate with. This practice just takes one minute so you can do it everytime you take a bathroom break, or finish one activity before moving to the next or whatever reminder(s) you wish to set up for yourself.
It’s a win – win – win situation for everyone so why not give it a try?
This blog was written by Joanne O’Malley, Mindfulness at Work.