Mindfulness is by no means a new concept, but it’s one that has enjoyed a resurgence in our modern world of constant connectivity and distractions. We are bombarded every day by texts, emails, chat messages, phone calls, social media notifications and advertisements — and that’s all on top of the hundreds of thoughts racing through our minds at any given time.
It can be difficult to tune those things out and devote our full attention to the situation, conversation or task at hand, especially in the workplace, but being present and mindful means being more focused and productive. If you want to decrease stress and increase efficiency among your team members, encourage them to practice mindfulness with these strategies recommended by Forbes Coaches Council.
- Lead by Example
Asking of others what you don’t yet have yourself only promotes inauthentic behaviour. First, be what you ask others to become. A lack of mindfulness in your organization, division or team is a direct expression of your own lack of value clarity. Mindfulness does not demand or desire. Mindfulness allows, and through its acceptance, it attracts others to value and practice. – Jay Steven Levin, WinThinking
- Look at Your Response from Another’s Point of View
When in doubt, don’t send the email, make the call or start a meeting until you feel “C3” — clear, calm and confident. There’s nothing worse than responding with attitude and paying the price later with self-doubt or anxiety. Always think of your actions from another’s point of view and take their perspective into consideration. This action alone can go a long way toward creating a mindful workplace. – Cheryl Amyx, 4CEO, Inc.
- Get Up and Take a Break
Get out from under the work pile. It’s hard but necessary to ensure best efforts are put forth. Taking a physical break, getting up from the computer and walking away, forces the mind back to present. The shift in both mental and physical activity creates a space for rest and rejuvenation. With a refreshed mind and body come new ideas and renewed commitment. – Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell, Leading Through Living Community
- Remember to Breathe
People react out of urgency in our disruptive world and throw words out of their mouths every second. Overstimulated people with big egos think that innovation is more important than human kindness. People need to stop talking and start breathing. Breathe as you sit in your conference room, think about the lives before you and speak mindfully with human-centred intention. – Drew Aversa, MBA & RYT, Aversa Strategies
- Notice the Little Things Around You
When I worked in advertising with back-to-back meetings and no control over my schedule, I’d practice mindfulness throughout my day. As I walked to a meeting, I’d focus on how each part of my foot felt touching the ground as I approached the conference room. When I washed my hands, I’d notice the water temperature and feel of the soap. Even a few minutes throughout your day can make a difference. – Rosie Guagliardo, InnerBrilliance Coaching
- Allow Gap Time Between Meetings
Most workplaces have back-to-back meetings, where people race from one meeting to the next without a moment to breathe or think. Employees are either late to the next meeting or check out of their prior meeting early, mentally or physically. This is true for virtual meetings, as well. Allowing five to 10 minutes between meetings increases focus, productivity and well-being for everyone. – Christine Allen, Ph.D, Insight Business Works
- Slow Down and Block ‘Unscheduled’ Time for Yourself
The best thing you can do to encourage mindfulness is slow down. Speed has a way of perpetuating itself and, unfortunately, can trigger the fight or flight response (acute stress) — and then the possibility of reflecting is zero to none. Slow down; check in with your body and breath. Purposefully blocking unscheduled time and getting out of your normal routine can also help to increase mindfulness. – Eugene Dilan, Psy.D., DILAN Consulting Group
- Start a Conversation About Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be frightening to the uninformed. People often do not realize that mindfulness can be accessed through a multitude of approaches. Starting a conversation where other team members reveal the techniques that work for them can help people struggling with the concept understand and de-mystify the topic. – David Galowich, Terra Firma Leadership LLC
Source: forbes.com – abridged version / Image: Dominica on Pexels