BENEFITS

of

MINDFULNESS

A 2017 study on Mindfulness in the workplace noted that after just seven weeks of a Mindfulness practice, employees reported improved focus and mental clarity, an ability to pay more attention to physical tension, less preoccupation with the past and future, and not acting without thinking. The study also reported a significant link between feeling calm and relaxed with greater workplace well-being.  Employees reported less stress and anxiety while also noting higher levels of job satisfaction.   Most notable among the participants was a newfound ability to calm down, stay present, and regulate thoughts, feelings, emotions, and reactions, even in the midst of stressful events. The same study (or in other research), participants noted a decrease in cognitive rigidity, intention to leave employment, multi-tasking, and use of sick days.  Some participants also reported added benefits to their personal lives, including more healthy and harmonious relationships with family and the ability to leave work behind at the end of the day.  

Recent research on Mindfulness at work demonstrated an increase in:

  • Focus and concentration 

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Job satisfaction

 

With overall improvement in:

 

  • Job performance

  • Problem-solving

  • Creativity and innovation

  • Employer and employee relations

  • Work-life balance

 

Research has also shown that Mindfulness leads to higher levels of resilience and well-being.  The theory behind this is that mindful people can better cope with difficult thoughts and emotions without either becoming overwhelmed or shutting down.  The ability to pause and observe the mind may help people resist getting drawn into ruminating or getting stuck in a setback. Put another way, Mindfulness breaks, or weakens, the chain of associations that keep people obsessing about their problems or failures, which increases the likelihood they will try again. Thus, benefits include:

  • Reduced rumination 

  • Decreased stress

  • Less emotional reactivity 

  • Decreased emotional exhaustion

  • More cognitive flexibility 

  • Relationship satisfaction 

  • Increased immune system functioning

  • Significant declines in blood cortisol levels and systolic and diastolic blood pressure

  • Improvements to well-being

  • Increased information processing speed

  • Decreased task effort

  • Reduction in psychological distress

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