Mindfulness at Work
For more about mindfulness in general, see our page About Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and our course introducing Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.
At work, mindfulness is a proven method of supporting individuals and teams who face chronic or excessive pressure, such as overwhelming workload, organisational change, restructuring and uncertainty.
Stress is the second most commonly reported work-related illness. It can manifest itself in many ways. Fatigue, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, depression, sudden bouts of anger, or a long chain of lingering ailments and illnesses that never quite go away. When stressed, our capacity to be effective, flexible and buoyant diminishes rapidly. We no longer have the resources to rise to challenges which we would normally take in our stride.
Managing stressed staff is itself a demanding task requiring special skills and knowledge. Research has shown that one of the major causes of work-related stress is the impact of managers and the extent to which they have the skills to manage their staff and stress in the work place. (See: www.hse.gov.uk/stress/research.htm )
Mindfulness as taught in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction can be a vital aid in transforming working patterns, particularly in the way we respond to and deal with stress. The effects of mindfulness meditation reaches far beyond the boundaries of the office or workplace.
Mindfulness approaches underpin our individual coaching and courses. We offer the well-established eight-week course on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction specifically tailored to work environments.
- Increasing resilience, adaptability and flexibility of stressed staff
- Improved effectiveness and productivity, and reduced sick days
- Rising motivation and well-being in a more positive working environment
This course will introduce practices and meditations which will increase your ability to:
- Apply immediate techniques for dealing with stress
- Increase your awareness of body reactions to stress
- Gain awareness of long-term patterns of behaviour that cause stress
- Understand and counter unhelpful stress-inducing behaviour
- Improve your capacity to focus
- Practise mindfulness techniques to foster long-term health and well-being