Politics. Climate change. Your son’s scores in match class. There’s plenty to feel anxious about these days. The good news: a new study backs up what proponents of mindfulness have been saying all along: that medication can help reduce stress.
In part one of this article, we covered quite a lot – what mindfulness is, why it’s relevant to EHS, and where, as humans, we have the most control over our lives. Moving on from distractions and reactions, here we’re going to look at solutions.
What are you doing right now?
Chances are you’ve got a number of things on your mind. You are reading, check, you may be drinking a coffee, waiting on an email or half-working on the report that’s due by the end of the week.
Colin Duff, Head of Business and Research at Breathworks (United Kingdom) talks about how mindfulness can help workplaces manage stress, increase employee attention, reduce absenteeism and create greater leadership.
Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and relationships, and limit (even if they don’t entirely avoid) mindless escapism.
People have been griping about the accelerating pace of working life and its effects on attention and well-being for 150 years, basically since industrialization, and probably before. Why this intensifying focus now on how best to cope in the workplace?
Learning to focus the mind can be a powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of our on-the-go lives, according to a Harvard Medical School special report. It also can tremendously benefit overall safety alertness on the job.
Google, eBay, Intel and General Mills offer classes on it. So do Harvard Business School, Ross School of Business and Claremont Graduate University, among other campuses. Mindfulness is not just a corporate trend, but a proven method for success. Mindfulness – being focused and fully present in the here and now – is good for individuals and good for a business’s bottom line.