Mindfulness in the Workplace

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What is mindfulness?

The ability to calmly acknowledge things as they really are while being truly aware of the present moment.

Mindfulness in the workplace is important because it can:

  • Generate a greater sense of wellbeing
  • Improve your ability to remain task-focused
  • Better equip you to cope with stress
  • Bring awareness of your mental ‘roadblocks’
  • Foster a more cohesive work environment

In this article, I share a simple guide to creating a mindful workplace using these 9 easy ways…

  1. Start the day with a few moments of “Conscious Awareness
    • Spend a few minutes silently, tuning in to the moment. Become aware of your thoughts and mentally boost yourself for the day.
  2. Practice Active Listening
    • Listen carefully to what is being said by your coworker(s). Process what was said, and then reply carefully and thoughtfully to aid their thoughts.
  3. Notice your Body Language
    • Your body language speaks volumes. It sets your intention to both yourself and your colleagues.
  4. When Stressed, Take a Time Out
    • Get some fresh air! A short break may break your thought cycle and refresh your perspective on things.
  5. Eat Mindfully
    • Take small bites! Chew your food slowly. Enjoy your lunch break fully.
  6. Watch the Tone and Language in your Communication
    • Be mindful of the message you intend to send in your conversations. At times, your tone and language may not match your intention.
  7. Respect Everyone, even though you may not agree with their ideas.
    • Everybody has the right to be heard. In fact, listening to alternate opinions might help you come up with new and innovative ideas.
  8. When Communication, Remember to Think
    • “Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”
  9. Stay in the Moment
    • The past is done. The future is yet to come. Check in with yourself and make the best out of the present!

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