Do you practice mindfulness?
It’s the skill of being able to live in the moment and pay attention to the present in a non-judgemental way.
Doing so reduces stressful thoughts about the things that we think could go wrong, or things that happened in the past and cannot be changed.
Mindfulness increases your ability to be in tune with your thoughts, emotions, and senses.
It doesn’t need to involve meditation or anything time consuming.
You can be mindful by planning well, using your time wisely, and doing your best not to be distracted.
Here are some everyday tips for being mindful and developing a positive mentality:
Start the day well. In the morning, make a clear decision to be present as best you can. Pause for a few moments before you start your work day to set this intention in your mind.
Avoid multitasking. Although it makes you feelmore productive, multitasking doesn’t actually work. Trying to do too much at once will led to burnout. You can avoid this.
Use reminders. Your brain’s default mode is to get lost in your own thoughts. Set hourly reminders on your phone or computer’s calendar for you to take in your surroundings and reflect on the present. It will give you clarity.
Accept the challenge. Any job or task you’re given at work comes with a certain amount of stress. After all, you’re expected to complete the task to the best of your ability. Use this as a motivator – a challenge that can be met. It will give you a sense of satisfaction.
Embrace the ‘gratitude attitude’ . People tend to have ‘negativity bias’ – they focus on all that they think is wrong rather than what is going right. Instead, you can choose to recognise the good things you have.
Accept what you can’t change. Mindfulness involves not worrying about the past, as it cannot be changed. If you have made a mistake, don’t dwell on it. Use it as a lesson learned towards future success.
As you can see, mindfulness doesn’t involve having to meditate or do anything that’ll draw attention to yourself.
It also becomes easier and more effective with practice.
Eventually, you will naturally become more at ease with yourself, your surroundings, and the situation you find yourself in.
To learn more about mindfulness, we recommend our Workplace Wellbeing eLearning course.