August's Mindfulness Activity of the Month:
Mindfulness in the Workplace
We all know that practicing mindfulness helps to relax us and keep us grounded. At times, the workplace may be the place you need it most. While there are certainly times for a full blown meditative activity, the basics of mindfulness can be translated into your job. It is about being consciously aware of ourselves and our surroundings, which we can benefit from more than office gossip.
- Be consciously present. This may seem like an obvious statement, but you may be surprised at how often your mind wanders off while you complete task after task on autopilot. Try to stay engaged in everything, even the small tasks.
- Only attend to one task at a time when possible. It is better to commit yourself to finishing one task fully and thoroughly than to get two jobs done with the bare minimum requirements being met.
- Slow down a beat. While mindfulness may seem somewhat counterintuitive, it really does pay off in the end. You might get things done slower at time, but you will be more efficient and your work quality will increase.
- Express gratitude. It is far too easy to swell on what is wrong and to use it as a reason to stay down. The solution is deceptively simple: be grateful for what is right. The benefits of doing so are tenfold. It shouldn’t surprise you to know that those who purposefully look for positive aspects in every situation have been proven to be happier and healthier.
- Stay humble. Some days you will perform very, very well. Some days, not so much. Remember to ground yourself non judgmentally in the here and now and to keep a good perspective.
- Accept what you are incapable of changing and move forward to what you can improve. Dwelling on factors out of your control does nothing to alter them and keeps you from being fully present.
- Look for ways in which to grow.