Introducing Mindfulness Into Your Workday

Lifestyle ‌• December 7, 2017

 

“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”

-Eckhart Tolle

 

Think about the first thing you think about in the morning. If you’re like me, you’re probably already making a list in your head of all the things you’ve got to do for the day. Did I remember to send that email yesterday? Do I have enough time to finish that task from my boss? Wait – did I grab my canister of coffee?

 

 

Most of us know all too well the stress that accompanies our ever-evolving digital world. While helpful in many aspects, being constantly connected also has the potential to negatively contribute to our daily mindset. After all, a negative attitude can have adverse effects in the workplace, including decreased performance and poor relationships with coworkers.

 

 

So what is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of becoming fully present in the moment and accepting the day’s outcomes just as they are.

 

 

What are the benefits?

Beyond improving your overall mood, practicing mindfulness has been proven to benefit both your personal and professional life. Mindfulness can improve attention and cognition, build stronger relationships through empathy and compassion, and even enhance workplace processes that rely on effective leadership and teamwork.

 

 

 

Isn’t this just hippie nonsense?

It’s actually not! Some of the biggest names today are beginning to see the benefit that incorporating mindfulness can have on their employee’s overall performance and happiness. Big names such as Google, Intel, and General Mills have all invested in employee wellness programs centered around teaching their employees to manage stress through mindfulness.

 

 

How can we apply it to our workday?

Even as a beginner, you can achieve the benefits of mindfulness at work.

Practicing can be as simple as:

  • Noticing and appreciating your first morning cup of coffee

  • Doing a 5-minute body scan at your desk

  • Taking a moment in your workday to reflect on something you’re grateful for.

 

 

Getting in the habit of doing these simple practices can bring some awesome benefits in both your working and personal life.

 

Want more ideas on incorporating mindfulness into your workday? Head on over to Well + Good to see a list of easy tips and techniques.

 

Aly Gates
Marketing and Administrative Specialist - Jack of all trades, driven by learning new things every day.

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