Mindfulness for Stress Relief
Alongside the overall benefit of improved performance that comes from mindfulness, there are several other benefits that contribute to overall well-being at work according to
Reduces Stress & Anxiety
Mindfulness makes perfect sense for dealing with stress and anxiety because it takes you out of fight-or-flight mode and brings you into a relaxed state of mental clarity and calm. By becoming more aware of your thoughts and body, you can better assess and identify your feelings and approach them in a more positive way. Scientifically, Mindfulness practice reduces activity in the stress initiating part of your brain called the amygdala.
Improves your Focus
Studies show that meditation training can improve your ability to focus on one thing at a time and help curb our tendency for distraction. This ability to focus will start to translate to everything you do. It helps you to avoid multi-tasking, and places an emphasis on mono-tasking. A focused mind is a productive mind.
Creativity greatly depends on your mental state. Mindfulness helps you to get into a creative frame of mind by combatting the negative thoughts that hinder creative thinking and self-expression. The fact that mindfulness focuses on the present helps you to think freely and creatively and allows your mind the space to bounce off ideas.
“I believe that mindfulness represents a state of mind that speaks rather directly to the kind of cognitive flexibility and creative insight required in the modern workplace. It builds unique cognitive abilities that enable creativity in individuals that otherwise would be trapped in conventional ways of interpreting their world. It is all the more promising because unlike other individual difference factors, it is dir- ectly trainable, which increases its promise as a possible workplace creativity intervention. “ -Ravi S. Kudesia, Mindfulness and creativity in the workplace