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WHY SHOULD BUSINESSES CONSIDER MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness now feels like its the replacement word for Stress as it is now filtering into our daily lives via media, colleagues or friends.  You may feel its just another BUZZ word or new FAD on the market. But interest in mindfulness is growing because people are seeking ways to cope with the challenges and complexities in our lives

 The Mental Health Foundation estimates that one in four people will experience a mental health problem every 12 months - remember people are you and employees - employers forget that employees are people and that we are all the same, meaning we are all exposed to stressful situations in our private life and work life.  Stress is not discriminatory and will affect anyone one of us sometime in our lives and it is naive to think that we can be the same everyday we turn up for work.

Managing and being aware of our feelings and emotions seems like a taboo subject or no go area in the workplace which is crazy when a lot of our concerns, stresses, anxiety can come from the workplace.

To this day Stress is not a new aspect to us but many Micro and Small Businesses still have no stress management programmes in place so Mindfulness will be no where near the table for discuss or consideration.

Maybe businesses feel its too much bother, too expensive, an inconvenience to implement anything and disrupt the status quo and consider the mental and physical health of their employees or simply just don't know where to start.

Employers may think, that their sickness absence isn't high or they don't have anyone off with stress, so their staff aren't stressed, but this is not the measuring tool for knowing this, many of us can live, function and go to work without being off long term sick, many simply cannot afford to be off sick and so continue to go to work while feeling stressed, suffering from anxiety or depression for many many years.  Some will simply leave for another job, to find a better working environment, a less pressured, stressful job, this is because no one feels safe or secure to talk to their manager or employer about how they feel.  The real affects on a business with stressed employees is low productivity, low moral, low output, no growth or development.

Our workforce and business owners, we all deserve a happier working environment, why does the workplace have to be so mundane or repetitive, so serious.  Waiting for the Monday - Friday to pass as quickly as it can to get to the weekend only to really enjoy Saturday's because Sunday's your back thinking of work.

Supporting employees emotions is seen as a difficult topic for most Owners and HR professionals to consider and is often seen as a weakness, also our culture in life and in work will view it as a weakness to share how we feel today - but if we are open to discuss just this, the impact on reducing our stress and anxiety is immediate.

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) backs Mindfulness as a treatment for those with recurring depression, stress, anxiety.   Growing amounts of research indicate that as a cognitive therapy, it works, it has been proven to reduce the recurrence rate by 40-50 per cent over 12 months

30% of British GPs now refer patients for mindfulness-based treatment

 Just some of the benefits to companies 

  • Improves task focus 
  • Individuals embrace criticism
  • Become a better listeners
  • Improves working relationships
  • Able to let go of stress

Putting Mindfulness Into The Workplace

›Mindfulness is such a personal, individual process, its not about forcing it on staff, eEncourage people to be open minded about it

›Its Simple - by doing a 1 hour class each week for 8 weeks for staff, maybe over a lunchtime or first hour or last hour of the day - or 2 hours per week whatever suits, will introduce the basics of Mindfulness, teaching the element of being present, being in control of our thinking and reducing, worry, anxiety, paranoia and decreasing the chance of physical and mental illness. Improving performance, moral, working relationships, team focus and positive working environment.

As a Mindfulness practitioner and teacher of Mindfulness I know the benefits for individuals and businesses are real.

Are you mindful enough to consider it for you and your company?

If so contact me for more details.

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