Mindfulness at Work

Is this fast paced world causing you to be overworked and stressed? The demands for the job might be too much to manage, or conflict between coworkers or bosses can be overwhelming. There also might be stress from the constant change and unpredictability of the job, or in the contrary, too little change of pace and much monotony can lead to feeling unvalued and unhappy.

Work related stress is no joking matter. The effects, both short term and long term, can be very detrimental both physically and mentally. Some short-term physical symptoms include fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations sleeping issues, and gastrointestinal distresses. As to be expected, chronic stress also can cause psychological issues including depression, anxiety, irritability and cognitive difficulties. The long term affects of chronic stress could lead to having a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and infertility just to name a few.

One technique that has been used to help work related stress and stress in general is a technique called mindfulness meditation. The key to this practice is to train your mind to be present in the moment. Its key components are increasing the awareness to the connection to your body, your breathing, and bringing your thoughts together in unison.

To do this, pick a comfortable spot and direct your attention only in front. Sit in a natural and relaxing position. Sit in your chair for a few deep slow breaths. Now, focus only on your breathing. Your mind will wonder, and that’s okay. Your mind wandering is to be expected, but gently bring your attention back to your breathing. This will happen again and again.

The key to this type of mediation is training your mind to go back to the present — to be neither in the past or the future.

Your first goal should be to practice this only 2 minutes per day. Gradually, you can increase this to 5 minutes. As it becomes easier and easier for you, practice this about 10 to 15 minutes a day before and after work or whenever you feel stressful overload at work.

One technique that has been used to help work related stress and stress in general is a technique called mindfulness meditation. The key to this practice is to train your mind to be present in the moment. Its key components are increasing the awareness to the connection to your body, your breathing, and bringing your thoughts together in unison.

To do this, pick a comfortable spot and direct your attention only in front. Sit in a natural and relaxing position. Sit in your chair for a few deep slow breaths. Now, focus only on your breathing. Your mind will wonder, and that’s okay. Your mind wandering is to be expected, but gently bring your attention back to your breathing. This will happen again and again.

The key to this type of mediation is training your mind to go back to the present — to be neither in the past or the future.

Your first goal should be to practice this only 2 minutes per day. Gradually, you can increase this to 5 minutes. As it becomes easier and easier for you, practice this about 10 to 15 minutes a day before and after work or whenever you feel stressful overload at work.