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Mindfulness in the workplace.

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

According to Psychology today, mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. This state is described as observing one’s thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad. Jon Kabot-Zinn introduced mindfulness based stress reduction into the hospital setting at University of Massachusetts in the late 1970's and since then, there has been ongoing research about the benefits of mindfulness.

With the ever demanding workplace stress, mindfulness is a tool that can provide anxiety and depression symptoms reduction, improved focus, less emotional reactivity (think of how this would be helpful the next time things are overwhelming at work), relationship satisfaction, reduced rumination, & stress reduction. If you search the internet for the benefits of mindfulness, you will find that practicing mindfulness is a great tool for life.

Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere at anytime. You can even practice it now. Bring awareness to this present moment. Notice where your body is and how you are feeling. Bring awareness to what you hear and see. Simply notice, without judgment. Notice your thoughts and let them go. Here is a 1 minute body scan meditation that you may find useful during your workday to help bring you into the present moment:

1 minute body scan is a great free website that includes the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program that Jon Kabot-Zinn started at University of Massachusetts's and has been routinely studied, proving it's efficacy of providing stress reduction.

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