MindfulnessThe practice of mindfulness seems to be increasing based on all the articles that have been flooding my social media feeds in the last two weeks, and that’s great. For those who don’t know, mindfulness is akin to meditation. There are many forms of meditation (prayer, exercise, music, and yes, mindfulness meditation) and they all go back to putting time aside to clear and relax the mind. Now, mindfulness on its own, no meditation required, is just closely monitoring thoughts and activities, letting them come and go without reaction, judgement, or holding onto as an individual goes about their everyday life.

Mindfulness can do a lot for an individual! Long terms effects include better concentration, enhanced creativity, improving memory, and decreasing things like anxiety and depression resulting in a better mood and a healthier immune system. This is not just limited to the personal sector of one’s life, but can also help in the office as well! Here are a few things you can do increase mindfulness in the workplace…

  1.   Commit yourself to the practice. The core of mindfulness is being aware of what is around you, whether it be your thoughts and actions of those around you.
  2. Start slowly! Pick one thing to be more aware of and pay attention to it throughout the day. Do you have high anxiety? Pay attention to your tone of voice and how that affects those around you. Do you get stressed when looking at your inbox? Do you feel your lungs fill with air and your nostrils flair? Pay attention to your breathing; it tells you a lot about your mood.
  3. Actually practice LISTENING to those around you! Don’t be rude. Shift your energy to those around, focus on them and what they are telling you. If someone is talking to you, do not just say something back or ask a question that you probably would have the answer to if you stopped and just processed what was told to you. Not only will this increase communication, but it also fosters trust and follows along to number 4…
  4. Often time, people’s successes get noted, but what about their needs or difficulties? Everyone is different and has different needs. If everyone is acknowledging and understanding those around them and how they all operate, they work together better.
  5. Think about what you want the outcome of this to be. Reflect on yourself and surroundings using discernment instead of judgement.

Now, go be mindful.