This interactive one-day course will provide an introduction to mindfulness in the work- place, encourage new ways of thinking and working, and help you relate to stress and problems in a different way.
Mindfulness could be defined as ‘paying conscious attention to the present moment, in a non-judgmental manner’. It has its roots
in Buddhism, but the modern form was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts, who pioneered a programme called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
Mindfulness is now practised in many areas of society and is being increasingly recognised for its benefits in the workplace with positive effects on health, efficiency and productivity. Studies have shown that mindfulness is fundamentally connected to many aspects of workplace functioning, particularly in key areas such as:
- Well-being, resilience and stress management
- Improved relationships, more effective team-working
- Performance – including positive effects on leadership, decision-making, creativity and innovation
Benefits of attending:
- Find out the definition of mindfulness
- Discover the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace n Explore the ways in which mindfulness can help with stress reduction, increased well-being and greater productivity
- Enhance your ability to feel calm, concentrate and stay in control
- Learn practical activities to help develop mindfulness
Who should attend?
This course is suitable for anyone wants to learn more about mindfulness and how it can be of benefit in the workplace.
The benefits of mindfulness
- How can practising mindfulness help on both a physical and psychological level?
Mindfulness as a tool for coping with stress
- Discuss the role mindfulness can play in helping to manage stress more effectively
- How to use mindfulness to recognise the signs of stress and to minimise stress-related problems
Non-judgmental awareness and working with negative thoughts
- Approaching mindfulness in a non-judgmental fashion
- Explore the link between our moods and attitudes and our innate ability to punish ourselves for negative experiences
- Alternative strategies for dealing with our negative thoughts
Meditation – the basis of mindfulness
- Benefits of meditation – raising our internal and external awareness
- Why is there a resistance to meditation?
- How to find an approach that works for you
- Meditation exercises that can be practised anywhere and anytime
- Common problems when meditating and things to avoid
- Exploring the physiological and psychological differences between being physically and mentally present
Exploring the senses
- Look beyond the analytical side of the mind and the process of thinking, judging and planning to find solutions
The dangers of multi-tasking: ‘The art of doing twice as much as you should half as well as you could’
- Explore how the cognitive load demanded by switching your attention expends energy
- Can productivity be increased by focusing on one thing at a time?
Practical activities to help develop mindfulness
- Explore a range of activities, exercises, tips and techniques that can be pursued following the course
- Changing perspective
- Disengaging the autopilot
- Being self-compassionate
- Span versus path goals
- Being creative
- Showing gratitude
- The great outdoors
Personal mindfulness plan
- Discuss your planned approach to mindfulness following the course