by Justin Standfield
It’s that time of year when websites, magazines and TV shows are prompting us to take action to make sure that our bodies are ‘beach ready’ for the Summer. When we’re busy making plans for our bodies, how many of us pay the same attention to our minds?
From Monday 14th to Sunday 20th May, it will be Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. During the coming week, we’ll be focussing on the prevention and alleviation of stress. We know from research that around two thirds of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lifetime and stress is a key factor in this. By addressing the issue of stress, we can help reduce the likelihood of problems such as anxiety and depression.
There is growing evidence, shown by initial studies, that mindfulness in the workplace can have a number of positive effects on several aspects of whole-person health, including the mind, the brain, the body and behaviour, as well as our relationships with others. These effects include a decrease in perceived stress and an increase in better concentration levels including memory tasks and multi-tasking. Research in 2012 found that mindfulness in the workplace could be an effective intervention to target “high stress levels, sleep quality, and autonomic balance” (RQ Wolever, 2012).
As well as sharing some thoughts and tips about positive mental health on social media this week, we have been facilitating mindfulness workshops for employees in a range of organisations including Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and the cyber security company, Sophos. We’re also working with education establishments in Hampshire to provide mindfulness sessions. As 14th to 20th May also happens to be Learning At Work Week in the UK, it’s great to see employers offering their staff opportunities to learn proactive ways to look after their wellbeing.
To find out more about Incendo’s approach to mindfulness in organisations, visit the Corporate Mindfulness section of our website.