Mindfulness is being focused on the present moment. That means you’re not worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow, or dwelling on what happened in yesterday’s meeting. This shift enables you to take a step back and make better decisions. It also enhances creativity, focus, and productivity.
Mindfulness may seem like a great idea, but how do you become more mindful in the context of a busy work day? You may have emails, phone calls, meetings, and of course, your work!
You don’t need to sit silently in a meditation room for 20 minutes to become more mindful! You can get started at work right now with a simple exercise:
When you are experiencing a particularly stressful moment, a popular mindfulness exercise known as S.T.O.P. can be helpful.
- Stop. Just take a momentary pause, no matter what you’re doing.
- Take a breath. Feel the sensation of your breathing, which brings you back to the present moment.
- Observe. Acknowledge what is happening, for good or bad, inside you or out. Just note it.
- Proceed. Having briefly checked in with the present moment, continue with whatever it was you were doing.
For more ideas or ways on how to be more mindful at work, you can visit:
- New York Times: How to be more Mindful at workopens a new window
- How to Practise Mindfulnes at Workopens a new window
- 10 Ways to be More Mindful at work opens a new window
- 6 Easy Tips for Mindfulness at Workopens a new window
- 14 realistic ways you can start being more mindful at work and stop feeling so overwhelmedopens a new window