Practice mindfulness during the holidays for a productive year ahead. The mindfulness wave is sweeping across the Australian corporate world with Google, IBM, Telstra and SBS all undertaking corporate-based mindfulness programs. The holiday break is an important time for recuperation in preparation for the year ahead, reinforcing the importance of practicing mindfulness throughout the holidays.
According to Australian Productivity Commission data, while workplace productivity has increased across the board, it is well below what is required to maintain Australia’s high living standards. Businesses across many sectors are still struggling with productivity growth which is often linked with a disengaged workforce.
“Unengaged employees can be the result of a number of different factors including workplace cultures and management pressures, demands and personal reasons and in my experience, anxiety and stress are the leading contributors,” says Marcela Slepica, Clinical Services Director at AccessEAP, a corporate psychology organisation which supports and develops positive organisational behaviour.
“Practicing mindfulness, a state of mind which reduces stress and increases self awareness, as a collective can have considerable benefits to an organisation. It also shows a commitment to employee wellbeing and a positive workplace culture.”
“The holiday break is a great opportunity for individuals to stop, take stock on the previous year and reflect on what is important; health, family, friends and children. By adopting simple mindfulness techniques, these positive habits can be in place and ready for a productive year ahead,” Slepica said.
Practice mindfulness during the holidays for a productive year ahead
Here, Marcela Slepica offers some techniques and strategies for your employees for the holidays.
1. Reflect on achievements
The working year can be a busy time and people tend to forget to stop and reflect on their accomplishments along the way. Deliberation is an important aspect to professional development and personal growth as it allows you to assess what you have achieved and what you need to develop in order to grow and adapt methods and processes accordingly.
2. Take a moment to be mindful each day
Mindfulness is called a practice for a reason and should be adopted as a daily routine. Though the effects on stress levels are immediate, consciously setting aside time and sticking to it can amplify its effects at work and in your personal life in the long term. Remove yourself to a quiet and relaxed space for ten minutes a day and simply focus on the present.
3. Get a restful sleep
Practising mindfulness evokes a relaxation response which leads to healthy sleep patterns. Avoid watching digital screens at least thirty minutes before bed and take time to check in with your body and mind.
When someone is speaking to you, stop and listen. By bringing awareness to the way we listen, we are able to fully comprehend the speaker’s perspectives and intentions, which leads to higher emotional intelligence and can avoid misunderstandings.
5. Let it go
The holiday season can be a stressful time for many and for some it can be mixed with sadness and loss, which can result in negative thoughts and feelings. Your mind can consider these feelings as truth which leads to more anxiety. Instead of trying to force yourself to fight these feelings, be mindful, acknowledge and accept the feelings and give yourself permission to let them go.
For additional information and tips on mindfulness head over to the website www.accesseap.com.au