Mindfulness

What’s on your mind right now?
As busy people with a bevvy of responsibilities and commitments, we know that if you’re anything like us, you’ve got a whole host of thoughts racing through your head at any one time.

How did my to-do list get so long? Where did I park my car? Did I look silly in this morning’s meeting? How am I ever going to prepare for that presentation and compile the quarterly report and make it to the gym and eat lunch and … so on. Have you ever noticed how many of your thoughts are focused on the past or the future, and how few of them are focused on the present?

The antithesis of that past-and-future thought cycle is called mindfulness. Mindfulness is the state of being present and fully aware of how we’re feeling and what surrounds us in the moment. Mindful thinking requires being able to focus on the reality of our current situation without assigning positive or negative judgment to that reality.

Mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, but the practice has climbed aboard the clinical train in recent years. Psychologists and psychiatrists – recognizing the benefits of mindfulness – have begun prescribing mindfulness techniques such as meditation to patients experiencing a range of conditions, from anxiety to addiction.

Because mindfulness doesn’t come naturally to many of us, it can require practice. Thankfully, numerous books and articles have been written about the topic, and you can even find a handful of great mindfulness apps to help you get started.

Mindful thinking is intended to improve focus and decrease stress. It stands to reason, then, that employees who have been taught to practice mindfulness will often be happier and more productive at work. Forward-thinking companies – from Google to General Mills – are providing mindfulness programs to their employees.

The results? Research suggests that mindfulness in the workplace has several benefits:

  • Better cognitive performance among mindful employees
  • Overall increased productivity
  • Improved relationships between employees and their employers
  • Several indications of mood improvements: Employees show up to work more often, they’re less likely to leave their companies, and they report higher rates of satisfaction in their jobs

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