4 Week Mindfulness Based Stress
Reduction Course in the Workplace
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme was originally developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1980's. This 4 week course is taken from the 8 week programme and applied for the workplace.
Mindfulness has been described as paying attention to experiences with awareness in a non-judgemental way. It is about learning to bring acceptance to the present moment, just as it is, whether pleasant or unpleasant and whether easy or difficult.
By learning to manage thoughts, emotions and body sensations more effectively we can respond to situations with choice rather than reacting automatically and thus unconsciously.
Mindfulness also develop skills of being present and noticing your experiences to yourself and the world around you.
Mindfulness can help to reduce stress and anxiety and conflict, and increase resilience and emotional intellience, while improving communication in the workplace.
The 4 week Mindfulness Course for the workplace is highly experiential, structured and supportive.
The course will provide participants with the following :
- 4 weekly 1 hour sessions
- Guided instruction in Mindful meditation practices
- Group discussion and Mindful communication exercises to bring awareness to everyday life
- Homework between sessions to encourage building a daily personal practice
- Discussions and sharing of experiences
- 10-15 minutes of daily home practices
- Connecting the practices to everyday life and workplace challenges
When trying to decide if you are mindful, consider the following points. In the last week have you found yourself:
- Unable to remember what others have said during a conversation?
- No recollection of your daily commute to work?
- Eating at your desk without awareness or tasting of your food?
- Paying more attention to your smartphone when in the company of family and freinds?
- Dwelling on past events or dreading what the future holds?
If you answered yes to any of these then it may be that a mindfulness course has something to offer you.
The neurological benefits of Mindfulness have been linked to an increase in emotional intellience, specifically empathy and self regulation. The development of these areas conbributes to our ability to manage conflict and communication more effectively.
Just like you go to the gym to build muscles, meditation builds the muscle of your attention.
Mindfulness Meditation has been known for these benefits and more:
- Increased productivity
- Improve your focus
- Improves working memory
- Become a better listener
- Improve your relationship skills
- Become a better leader
- Relieves stress
Practicing to meditate a few minutes daily can dramatically improve your health and wellbeing.
The course would be ideally done after work, so there is time to reflect on the practices.