Chronic stress is becoming increasingly prevalent in our workplace: we often develop unhealthy coping mechanisms such as consuming too much caffeine and alcohol, emotional eating, lack of exercise. This can lead to sick leaves and high rates of absenteeism or even to job hopping. In this context, many companies such as Apple, Google, and Intel have recognized the tremendous value of offering mindfulness programs for their employees.
Mindfulness allows us to recognize the signs of stress earlier and find alternative healthier habits: Mindfulness helps us to manage strong feelings and emotions in a more appropriate way. We learn to communicate effectively and clearly as we become more able to respond appropriately instead of reacting on impulse or too hastily. As a result, relationships within the team improve and we can focus our attention better on the task at hand. Finally, the reduction in stress leads to better health and therefore more time productive.
Ways of implementing Mindfulness in the workplace:
• Breathing exercises
• Teaching effective Communication skills
• Guided Sitting Meditation
• Walking Meditation
• Mindful Eating during Lunch
• Gentle Stretching, Yoga, Qigong
• Guest Speakers or lectures about Mindfulness
Maybe it’s time for your company to start with a Mindfulness program?
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