“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, its ok again. That’s what Meditation is to me” Ellen DeGeneres
Our jobs occupy many hours of our day and can often give a sense of personal fulfilment. It too can be a contributor of significant stress & anxiety, long working hours, meeting deadlines, difficult colleagues/clients. Whatever your job our thoughts around it can be anxiety inducing.
The workplace is a changing environment, in recent times more than ever. Your workplace may be your dinning room table, an office in a building, a busy supermarket, a hospital ward, your car or van …and so many more. A workplace can be a solo arena or one shared with many individuals.
It can be a very useful starting point to realise that the distance between Mindfulness and your particular workplace may be considerably less than you imagined.
Have you ever experienced a work day trying to get through the “to-do-list”?, feeling at the end of the day that you are not entirely finished? Asking yourself is there a way to focus better at work?
Feeling like you’r on a hamster wheel doing the same thing?
As you read this you may be an employer, employee, self-employed.
Perhaps you continue to go to your workplace, work from home or avail of a community work Hub. Your workplace, the time spent at work and thinking about work can expand into much of your day. If there is stress or anxiety added to this the effect on your individual work/life balance can be detrimental to your mental and physical health.
In May 2019 the World Health Organisation (WHO) deemed “Burnout” a legitimate medical diagnosis.
According to the WHO the definition for burnout states:
“ Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterised by three dimensions:
- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- Increased mental distance from ones job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to ones job.
- Reduced professional efficacy”
Some of the benefits of incorporating Mindfulness into your workplace are:
- personal wellbeing
- Increased focus & attention
- Enhanced communication & listening skills
- Strengthening leadership and teamwork ability health, vitality & sleep patterns
- Improved decision making & problem solving
- Reduced absenteeism due to stress and related physical & mental conditions.
Mindfulness in the workplace can be delivered in conjunction with staff training and may take many forms:
- Delivered as a 6 week course
- Lunchtime wellness
- Half day Workshop
- Full day workshop
- In conjunction with team building events
“I think of Mindfulness as the ability not to be yanked around by your own emotions” Dan Harris (author)”
In work as in many areas of our lives we quickly and automatically change our thought & focus from one thing to the next, this can greatly affect the quality of our work. In practicing Mindfulness we are training our “attention muscle” therefore training ourselves to become more focused. Neuroscience can demonstrate for us that this is like bringing our mind to the gym; boosting areas of the brain associated with attention regulation.
“The workplace is constantly demanding & distracting making it a challenge to remain Mindful. Stay centred & focused without being frazzled by the mental nosiness that crowds into a typical workday” Dr Deepak Chopra
Contact Carmel to discuss options to suit your workplace