You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Many professionals feel burned out for a whole host of reasons – increased responsibilities at work, seemingly constant organisational change, the growing need to “do more with less”, complex and demanding business relationships, and even the never-ending onslaught of technology. Lots of us live our lives in a state of what we might call ‘mindlessness’, a state where our attention is divided between so many things at once. Mindlessness is a state of mind where we aren’t really present in our own lives.
Incendo works with busy people to help develop mindfulness (the opposite of mindlessness) and bring out more of their best at work and at home. Mindfulness training teaches individuals to be more present and to perceive the world more realistically. As a result, they can view situations more objectively. This allows people to react to situations with greater intention, as they can respond based on a dispassionate evaluation of the issue at hand, instead of based on preconceived notions or knee-jerk emotional reactions. Mindfulness puts people in charge of their minds, attention and thoughts, which in turn leads to some wide-ranging advantages; research tells us that mindfulness is a trainable skill, with the following benefits for organisations as well as individuals:
- Better focus and concentration
- Reduced anxiety and increased resilience
- Improved problem solving and creativity
- Greater levels of job satisfaction
- Higher job performance
- Lower levels of work-related stress
- Decreased psychological distress
- Better communication and listening skills
- More clarity, peace of mind and emotional balance
- Stronger immune system health
“Even if you just use mindfulness to develop the capacity to pause between stimulus and response, you’ll be making the difference between simply working and working brilliantly with your best self.”
Incendo provides a successful ‘Developing Mindfulness at Work’ programme which is offered as a series of 6 or 12 one-hour workshops at your business premises. Typically run as early morning sessions with small groups, the programme is a fusion of key elements from the well-known Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses. Because Incendo’s aim is to support people to become self-sufficient mindfulness practitioners, our programme includes handouts, self-reflection exercises, mindfulness diaries and audio recordings of our guided mindfulness meditations.
If you’re interested in bringing the benefits of mindfulness into your workplace, take a look at our Corporate Mindfulness Case Study.