How Mindful Are You?
In this digital age, we are constantly bombarded with emails, text messages and phone calls, social media… the list goes on. This impacts our ability to think clearly, to focus on the task at hand and to invest in our interpersonal relationships. Many of us are not even conscious of this, often missing the signs of overload or inattention.
Here at Diversity Inclusion, we have conducted Mindfulness Workshops with a number of organisations. Within these workshops, over half of our participants have reported feeling burnt out in the last 12 months. Typically, they site relationships (at work and home) and workload as the main causes of their stress. This statistic is concerning, as employee wellbeing impacts productivity, presenteeism, staff turnover and interpersonal relationships, both at work and home.
So, what can we do about it?
Mindfulness; it may be the buzz word of the moment, but there is good reason for this. Mindfulness allows us to ‘tune in’ and ‘come home’, touching base with our thoughts and emotions. When we introduce mindfulness practices into our lives, we ultimately change the relationship we have with stress. This, in turn, allows us to work more productively, as individuals and in teams.
Neuroscience supports the benefits of mindfulness. Specifically, research has found that using mindfulness techniques:
Improves the way we lead
Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
Reduces blood pressure
Facilitates compassion towards ourselves and others
Allows us to think more clearly, creatively and strategically
The great news is that mindfulness is accessible to everyone. Simply introducing some basic tools and strategies into our days can help us to think more clearly, be calmer and better connect in our environment, at work and home.
At Diversity Inclusion, we work with clients to help them support their employees to apply these simple tools. This can be particularly valuable during times of organisational change, where organisations want to support their people to reach their potential. Contact us to learn how our workshops will help your team to strengthen working relationships and increase productivity.
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