Business

Mindfulness in Business
Large corporations, small businesses, and non-profits

Enhances focus and improves attention
Paying attention is difficult; distractions are everywhere. When you arrive at work in the morning, you may be preoccupied by what happened at home, with a child, or with an interaction from the previous day. A diminished capacity to focus is additionally brought about by the increased reliance on all things electronic—cell phones, computers, television—and the constant changes that result.

Mindfulness returns you to the present in order to address what is in front of you; it improves concentration and focus.

Promotes better listening skills which improves relationships
Relationships are vital in any business. Staff interactions are easier and more successful when colleagues and clients feel that their words are being heard. However, many of us are preoccupied and as a result not often fully present for conversations at work.

Mindfulness teaches people to listen at a deep and fundamental level.

Reduces stress
There is always stress in the workplace and at home. Stress contributes to three-quarters of family doctor visits. A few years ago, CNN reported that one third of all Americans are sleep deprived. Research has proven the benefits of stress reduction through the use of mindfulness.

Mindfulness can assist people to release stress and more easily fall asleep.

Improves impulse control and decision making
Mindfulness enables people to recognize their emotions. As a result, one has the capacity to choose how to thoughtfully respond, rather than impulsively react, to any situation. Brain science can explain the reasons for this.

Mindfulness helps to see situations more clearly, improving conflict resolution, and reducing blame.

Mindfulness fosters wellness
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was introduced at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn as a way to help patients deal with pain, stress and illness. Studied for over 30 years, it continues to spread to different sectors of society. From medicine, it moved to psychology, business, education, and even to the military. Examples of benefits include: Medical students who practiced relaxation techniques diligently “showed significantly better immune function during exams” than those who did not. Duke University found a 74 percent reduction in cardiac events among patients who were taught stress management along with their medical care.* Each month 40 peer reviewed research studies are published on the benefits of mindfulness. www.mindfulexperience.org

Mindfulness helps manage illness leading to fewer absences in the workplace.

* Sickness Can Be the Price of Unbridled Stress, Kevin Lamb www.mindbodyhealth.com

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