Mindfulness is the idea that by focusing our attention on the present and bringing an attitude of openness and acceptance to whatever is happening, we can increase our ability to make positive decisions and experience inner calmness.
The business world is a buzz with mindfulness, but perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present moment awareness, commonly known as Mindfulness changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working in today’s complex business environment and certainly every leader should know about.
Mindfulness should no longer be considered a nice to have for executives, it’s a must have. A way to keep our brains healthy to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities and to protect ourselves from toxic stress.
There has been multiple research done over the last eight years relevant to participants who have completed 8 week mindfulness programs, what has been observed is that there has been a significant increase in the density of their grey matter and neuroscientists have also shown that practicing mindfulness affects brain areas related to perception, body awareness, pain intolerance, emotional regulation, introspection, complex thinking and sense of self.
Implementing a corporate mindfulness program will reduce the number of stress-related illnesses and the costs due to absenteeism and empower your staff to make more considered decisions, have a greater awareness of how their words and behaviour can impact other people, and increase staff engagement by creating an environment based on an understanding that connection builds trust, healthy relationships and thriving businesses.
An article in the Harvard Business Review states that mindfulness can directly affect the levels of stress in the body and contribute to a greater sense of health and wellbeing.