Research has shown that mindfulness in the workplace helps employees manage stress; and improve focus and the ability to work together. What is mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.”
One’s work life can be fulfilling but often stressful. Mindfulness practice is proven to help participants re-perceive their stressors. These practices do not have to be extensive. A five to ten minute breathing meditation or body scan can help to refocus the mind and reduce anxiety.
“At work, take a moment from time to time to monitor your bodily sensations. Is there tension in your shoulders, face, hands or back. How are you sitting or standing in this moment? What is your body language saying? Consciously, let go of any tension as best as you can as you exhale and shift your posture to one that expresses balance, dignity and alertness. Try to stop for one minute every hour and become aware of your breathing. Use these mini-meditations to tune in to the present and just be.”*
You can then go back to your work a bit less stressed.
*excerpt from Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
From the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College