7 Surprising Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace
Ever thought about mindfulness in the workplace?
You know…can taking just a few minutes to focus really make a difference?
If you’re always slammed with meetings, deadlines, phone calls, and maybe overloaded with emails, you’re not alone.
If that’s what a typical day looks like, taking a breather for mindfulness in the workplace probably isn’t on your radar. Right?
And a lot of people can relate. In the middle of a global pandemic, there’s no shortage of stress and overwhelm for employees.
When that’s your day-to-day, it can take a toll on employee health, contribute to absenteeism and presenteeism, decrease productivity, and negatively impact your company culture.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Mindfulness in the workplace can actually improve health.
Something as simple as a focused five-minute break using FitMindful can make a difference.
Use FitMindful: The Mindfulness in the Workplace Tool for FitLyfe 360
We recently added FitMindful to the FitLyfe 360 platform to help employers offer mindfulness in the workplace. And it’s easy to use…
- Log in to the FitLyfe 360 platform
- Choose FitMindful
- Select one of the mindfulness-practice audio programs
- Follow the guided instructions for a 5-minute mindfulness practice. You’ll learn how to assess your thoughts, pay attention to your body, and control your breathing.
Note: You’ll want to set aside 5-minutes of quiet time for this. No phone calls, text messages, social media, or other interruptions. The goal: Focus for just 5 minutes.
Let’s Get Clear About Mindfulness
Even though mindfulness has been around for centuries, it’s still a bit of a misunderstood activity.
- Do you sit cross-legged on a pillow and hum quietly to yourself? You don’t have to.
- When you meditate, do you try and solve all your problems? No.
- Is it just for people who have an interest in spirituality? No.
- Does it require long periods of silence for hours a day? No.
- If you do it once to try it out, will it work? It takes practice.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and environment.1
But instead of trying to problem-solve, mindfulness is simply being aware of what’s happening in the present moment.
It helps you train your brain to focus, instead of buzzing from one problem to the next and back again.
7 Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace
Wondering if mindfulness in the workplace is just a passing trend?
It’s certainly gaining popularity. But research shows even short sessions of meditation can lower anxiety and stress.
In a University of Massachusetts study, researchers found that a daily mindfulness practice can help:2
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve mood
- Promote relaxation
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce pain
- Stimulate creativity
- Control stress hormones
How to Use FitMindful to Promote Mindfulness in the Workplace
If you want to promote health, prevent disease, control healthcare costs, and improve productivity, FitMindful is one more resource to help you achieve your wellness-program goals.
- Take a 5-minute mindfulness break. Encourage your employees to take at least 5 minutes out of their day to practice mindfulness, using FitMindful.
- Host a mindfulness meeting (in-person or virtual), and show your employees how to use FitMindful.
- Practice mindfulness together. You could even follow along and complete a FitMindful meditation exercise together.
- Offer incentives for mindfulness. Offer your employees or participants wellness points for each mindfulness session completed.
Fun fact…In the book Tools of Titans: The tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers, author Tim Ferris discovered something they all have in common…3
- A daily routine of focus and meditation.
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