Mindfulness is the practice of staying focused and present without passing judgement and has proven to be an essential tool for today’s workforce.
According to a study from the Kaiser family Foundation, 40% of Americans have experienced mental health issues due to the pandemic, which can have a direct impact on your quality of work. Even more, poor mental health can easily lead to other chronic health problems, such as heart and brain disease.
However, research has proven that boosting mindfulness at work can help alleviate these stress levels, as well as improve decision-making skills and wellbeing.
So how can leaders encourage workers to use mindfulness and other wellness practices?
Over the past few years, there have been an influx of meditation, workout and yoga apps that were created for those who wanted to implement more wellness into their everyday lives. Using such apps, such as Headspace and Calm, are great tools to help guide workers through the new stresses they may be experiencing.
Many notable companies like Nike and Peloton also offer on-demand virtual classes that make it easy to maintain physical health at home.
While many people believe that meditation is not for them, research has found that even short spurts of practicing mindfulness can help increase productivity and improve focus. It can be helpful to even schedule blocks of silence throughout the day in order to find time to breathe and feel rejuvenated to finish out the work day on a high note.