MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

At KIT we try SUPER hard to keep mindfulness at the core of what we believe in and practice. We also know it’s not like riding a bike. Sometimes we forget, sometimes we aren’t in the right environment, and sometimes we need a glass of wine and an evening of Netflix.

Your state of mind dictates and determines the quality of everything you do: we all know this. We wanted to find out more on how we can implement mindfulness in the workplace for our own mental health and wellbeing. Especially in a day and age where immediacy and notifications are EVERYWHERE. 

Mindful meditation is a practice that effectively helps to reduce stress, gain focus and give you peace.  

“I think of mindfulness as the ability not to be yanked around by your own emotions,” says Dan Harris, the author of 10 percent Happier “That can have a big impact on how you are in the workplace.”

The goal of mindfulness isn’t to stop thinking, or to empty the mind and disappear. It is SO MUCH MORE SIMPLE. We only very recently knew this here at KIT. Mindfulness is paying closer attention to your physical sensations, thoughts and emotions in order to see them more clearly, without making quick assumptions or becoming overwhelmed. 

Here are some simple steps you can take to give yourself a better chance of staying present:

  • Turn off pop-up notifications and push notifications 
  • Answer emails during dedicated periods of time, rather than constantly throughout the day as soon as it pops into your inbox 
  • Finish one task before you begin the next.

When you are experiencing a particularly stressful moment, a well-known and well-loved mindful exercise called S.T.O.P. can be helpful. 

  • Stop. Just take a momentary pause, no matter what you’re doing 
  • Take a breath. Feel the sensation of your own breathing, which brings you back to the present moment 
  • Observe. Acknowledge what is happening, for good or bad, inside you or out. Just note it
  • Proceed. Having briefly checked in with the present moment, continue with whatever it was you were doing

What do we have to lose?

Or maybe you want to observe our founder at KIT Karrie Fitz having some mindful moments with Melissa Maouris? Click here

By Sophia Collins