Mindfulness at Work is Possible

Mindfulness at Work

Mindfulness at work is possible, not easy to fit in, but worth the effort.

The clients I coach often speak about the challenges of fitting in moments of mindfulness at work. Emails need to be sorted and answered. Customers need calling. Then there are the meetings – the endless meetings. Sometimes it can feel impossible to find the time to eat lunch, forget doing a mindfulness exercise.

Finding time for mindfulness at work is a bit like finding the time to eat or to get up from your desk and go for a walk. It can feel impossible to fit in but once you do it, you immediately are so glad you did.

The following round-up of articles and resources can help give some perspective and ideas on how to make mindfulness at work possible for you. It can be easier to find the time for something when we have a better understanding of its value. There are benefits to making time for mindfulness at work.

What is mindfulness? What’s the point of being mindful at work?

These articles go into depth about the origins of mindfulness, how it compares to meditation, and the pluses and minuses of applying mindfulness at work:

  • What Is Mindfulness: Dear Lifehacker, I keep seeing the word “mindfulness” everywhere, tied to everything from losing weight to being more productive. But what does this vague word actually mean, and how can I apply mindfulness to my life?  http://lifehacker.com/what-is-mindfulness-and-why-is-everyone-talking-abo-1502693174
  • Mindfulness at Work is Not Mind Control: There’s a backlash brewing against mindfulness at work. Do such arguments have scientific merit? Or do they throw the mindful baby out with the corporate bath water? – by Jeremy Adam Smith http://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-work-not-mind-control/
  • Mindfulness: The Antidote for Perfectionism: The concept of mindfulness often conjures up images of relaxation, stillness, or acting in some idealistic, staid way. There’s an assumption that it means always being calm, serene, and in control. Because of this, it is occasionally portrayed as a set up for personal failure. – by Mark Bertin http://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-the-antidote-for-perfectionism/

How can I be more mindful at work?

The following articles give some practical ideas on how to employ moments of mindfulness in everyday interactions. These ideas are not always discussed within the context of work but they can be applied to work situations:

  • What is Mindful Eating?: Many people think that mindful eating is about eating slowly or about chewing your food for a long time because they don’t really know what mindful eating is. – by Megrette Fletcher http://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindful-eating/
  • 5 Ways to Bring Mindfulness Home: Balancing all of life’s demands can be stressful and time-consuming. It can often feel like there isn’t enough time to really connect with your family—it can even feel like another chore on your to-do list. – by Elisha Goldstein, Stefanie Goldstein http://www.mindful.org/5-ways-to-bring-mindfulness-home/

Is there an app for that?

Here are links to two apps that make it easy to have a mindful moment when you only have a few minutes to spare:

  • Happify: Overcome stress and negative thoughts. Build resilience. Happify is the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and wellbeing in the 21st century. –  http://www.happify.com/
  • Headspace: Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day. – https://www.headspace.com/

How often should I make time to be mindful at work?

A little bit every day is better than a big chunk of time once a week. What’s important to remember is that mindfulness is not an “easy button” that immediately dissipates burn out and stress. It’s a practice that provides immediate, temporary relief in the short-term. The practice creates longer lasting and more permanent resilience to burn out and stress in the long-term.

  • Research Says Daily Practice Matters: Does daily mindfulness practice lead to feelings of well-being, or are people who already have a sense of well-being more likely to practice mindfulness? Researchers at University Medical Center, Groningen, the Netherlands, conducted an intensive longitudinal study based on that question. – by Mindful Staff http://www.mindful.org/research-says-daily-practice-matters/
  • Article Round-Up: Combat burn out and stress with a more serious meditation practice: Burn out and stress are hard to reverse once they set in. Setting your intention to create a more habitual meditation practice can help. Meditation creates a much needed sense of space, distance, and perspective on the triggers of burn out and stress. – by Stacie Hoffmeister – http://bit.ly/1T9z7Yh

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Stacie Hoffmeister is an organizational coach and branding professional. She is the founder of organizational coaching firm, Facts and Heresies. Facts and Heresies helps individuals step up into their next level of personal and professional potential. Based in the New York, NY and Westchester County, NY area, Stacie serves individual professionals and organizations in her area and all over the world. 

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