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A guide to mindfulness in the workplace

‘Acknowledging the present’ may seem like just words you hear in a yoga class, but in reality, they are a strong part of creating mindfulness that’s essential to forming a successful workforce.

In short, mindfulness is a moment-to-moment awareness of yourself and your surroundings. By becoming closer to the environments we surround ourselves in, and often used as a therapeutic technique, mindfulness encourages calmly acknowledging and accepting your thoughts and feelings.

The benefits of mindfulness include:

How to practice mindfulness at work

On average, we spend a third of our lifetime at work. With so much time dedicated to one place, being mindful at work can have extremely positive results both in and out of, which companies are starting to notice. For instance, Google and Nike offer relaxation rooms for meditation, have meditation coaches and run courses.

A survey run by corporate meditation coach, Golbie Kamarei, reports:

But how do you be mindful at work? Here are five mindfulness tips to help get you started:

Create a calm, healthy environment

Picking a mantra, focusing on breathing, or taking a five-minute break: simple things that we tend to overlook, even just taking your full lunch hour and getting out and about. Choosing to bring one of these into your daily work routine can help to generate a calming, positive outlook on life. If you find it difficult to remember to incorporate, try setting a reminder or get help from apps such as Clementine where you can relax with five-minute meditations and organise it to receive a new mantra each day.

Be in the now

Our growing dependence on technology, hectic lives and constant social media presence force us to feel like we have to always be thinking of what is coming up in our future. Stop. Take a breath and focus on the now. Take a few moments each day to ground yourself by considering and appreciating your surroundings and the new sensations they offer.

Glass half full

By finding little bits of enjoyment in more mundane tasks, you prevent your mind from getting distracted by other worries and help to encourage positivity. Applying this to the workplace can help to reduce anxiousness by thinking through and writing down all the details when sending emails or making important phone calls.

Stop multitasking

Completing one task at a time will help you to create the best product you can by staying focused and calm instead of hurrying through a series of thoughts and attempts to multitask. You’ll finish projects, beginning to realise you feel less stressed and prouder of your achievements.

Your problems do not define you

Accept that we all have problems. Thoughts and feelings regularly get in the way of boosting our self-esteem every day. Remember these will pass and they do not define you. At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can. Writing gratitude notes can help breed positivity, even in the smallest things.

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