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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…
- 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.
- 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.
- Notice your Body Language
- Your body language speaks volumes. It sets your intention to both yourself and your colleagues.
- When Stressed, Take a Time Out
- Get some fresh air! A short break may break your thought cycle and refresh your perspective on things.
- Eat Mindfully
- Take small bites! Chew your food slowly. Enjoy your lunch break fully.
- 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.
- 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.
- When Communication, Remember to Think
- “Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”
- 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!