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Mindfulness at Work

David Gelles, How to Be More Mindful at Work, The New York Times, November 2, 2018

Mindfulness in the workplace

It can be especially helpful to bring a mindful disposition to your job, which can be the source of significant stress. And workplace stress is becoming only more consuming,  with email, intra-office chat tools and social media constantly competing for our attention, and often bleeding into the hours that historically gave you a break.

“We are encouraged in the workplace to be attached to an array of technology wizardry 24-7,” says Janice Marturano, founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership. “The information we’re being bombarded with can be anxiety producing and it can create a sense of disconnection that can overwhelm us in our personal and professional lives.”

Through the WI Lens

An increasing number of companies, ranging from Google to General Mills, are now teaching mindfulness in the office. The reason is simple: mindfulness is a simple way to reduce the impact workplace stress can have on our mind and body.

For anyone who needs a crash course on mindfulness at work and evidence on its benefits, this article will do the trick. It provides very simple steps “to be in the present moment”, therefore more productive and focused. Turning off pop-up notifications and push notifications; answering email during dedicated periods of time rather than constantly throughout the day as soon as it pops into our inbox; finishing one task before beginning the next – all these will help us being more mindful. The article also explains how a very simple exercise, known as R.A.I.N., can help us stay in the present moment and not get caught up clinging to the experiences of others, or our own emotions.

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