Are you stressed out??? According to the American Psychological Association and stressinamerica.org, “The number of Americans reporting extreme stress continues to be high — 20 percent say their stress is an 8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale” with 65% choosing work as the leading cause. (https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2012/impact-report.pdf)
We all know that stress can have an enormous impact on both our physical and mental health, and since we typically spend about 8 or more hours working 5 or more days a week, that can add up to a lot of stress! So whats the solution? Beyond not showing up for work, how can we decrease the stress we feel?
Yes my friends, Mindfulness can help! What is mindfulness? It is simply the act of being present. Sitting at your desk at work, have you ever found yourself day dreaming? Lost in your thoughts about the day before, or the errands you need to take care of after work, or the report that is due tomorrow? Being mindful is the art of gently bringing yourself back into the current moment and being aware of yourself and your environment.
Research regarding mindfulness and job performance shows that after employee evaluations, those workers with higher scores in awareness were rated with the best job performance by their superiors. Furthermore, studies also shows that higher levels of workplace engagement and mindfulness are likely linked to an increase in positive feelings. (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/can_mindfulness_enhance_job_performance)
The beauty of mindfulness is that it can be practiced anywhere at any time. Mindfulness brings us awareness and clarity. When we are aware of our bodies, thoughts and emotions we can then regulate ourselves, and better respond throughout our experiences. If we are mindful we are calm. If we are calm we feel lighter and happier. If we are aware we can better perform and produce results. Higher performance gives us strength and confidence. Confidence leads to further happiness and empowerment. Enhanced confidence and happiness produces more endorphins in our brains which reduces stress. Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help us live with less stress, more happiness and better overall health.
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