What is Mindfulness and How Can It Help Your Employees?

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

Mindfulness is a state of being in the present, moment-by-moment experience in a non judgemental way. A form of meditation that stems from Buddhism, modern Mindfulness practises require you to fix your attention on one object, or what we refer to as an anchor, and keep sustained concentration on this anchor in a non-judgemental way. Sustained attention to anything is more difficult than it sounds, and these practises help to get you ‘out of your head’ by spending a set amount of time focused on the anchor. It is a mentally challenging practises that delivers a work out for your brain but can bring about huge changes to focus, drive, patterns of thinking and emotional wellbeing.


Mindfulness practises could be viewed by some as concentration exercises, but they offer a lot more than this. Mindfulness is one of the most scientifically studied meditation practises, and systematic reviews of studies on Mindfulness have shown that a daily practise of 28 minutes a daily for 8 weeks can produce physical changes in the brain.

Mindfulness has been scientifically shown to produce improvements in

  • Stress management 

  • Emotional reactivity

  • Emotional resilience

  • Better mental health, particularly in relation to anxiety and depression 

  • Focus and concentration 

  • Reductions in biases of race and age


My most popular workshop is my Introduction to Mindfulness talk. A mix of informative and experiential, it goes into depth over the science of how Mindfulness creates physical changes in the brain, and how these changes can be reflected in different parts of our mental and emotional wellbeing. Attendees get the opportunity to practise and discuss different types of mindfulness techniques in the session and receive practical tips about starting up their own practise as well as techniques about how to bring Mindfulness to everyday life. All my workshops and classes can be delivered online virtually or in person if you're based in London.


It’s a perfect way to introduce a regular Mindfulness class onto your wellbeing schedule whether your employees are at the office or working from home. Contact me now for more information on this or any other of my workplace workshops or classes - leanneantonia@gmail.com







Sources:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/


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