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Mindfulness at work, diy therapy

One- or Two-day Training

Mindfulness is gaining more and more attention as a means of enabling employees to function and perform better at work. The benefits of using some simple techniques to maintain focus, clarify thinking and improve resilience are well proven, which is why organisations from Apple to Xerox have made Mindfulness part of their staff training curriculum.

I have been teaching Mindfulness techniques for 20 years as part of my training repertoire, and due to demand I have now developed a full one- and two-day workshop.

Outline

Mindfulness – What’s it all about

We hear a lot about mindfulness these days, what’s it all about? The first section of the day explains the benefits, how it works, shows you how to engage with your inner self using simple techniques. It also explains the value of using them regularly. You’’l also learn about the natural resources that you already have, that can be quickly and easily developed with a little practice.

Developing the natural skills

The ‘kinds of minds’ we use affect how we experience everything from the quality of our interactions with others to the quality of our sleep. Understanding these natural thinking skills means we can develop and use them to best effect. You’ll get maximum value from this in areas you want to improve, from facing a challenge to being more creative and enjoying your leisure more.

The Big Questions

Is mindfulness just another fad, or does it have real value? This session focuses on the value of mindfulness in increasing personal resilience, improving performance and as a general aid to thinking and doing in your daily life and especially at work.

Health, Wellbeing, Creativity and Performance

Living mindfully means making habits of the skills and ideas you’ve have learned. People sometimes say they haven’t got time; paradoxically, when you are fully present and engaged in what you are doing, time seems to go further. We finish the day with the ‘Five Steps of Commitment’ for turning good intentions into your new reality.

The value of mindfulness in the workplace

The pressures of working in many jobs may ‘go with the territory’, but that doesn’t in any way lessen their impact. However skilled   and committed, staff will still struggle with the usual list of by-products of working in a an environment which is demanding, challenging and often in the flux of change as well.

These pressure arise for many reasons and come from many directions. While we cannot avoid them, we can control our reactions to them, and learn to work more purposefully, without falling prey to stress, distraction or demoralisation. Mindfulness is relatively easy to master and with practice simple to apply. Among the well-established and proven benefits are:

  • Increased self-awareness, focus and attention
  • Improved cognitive and communication skills
  • Greater resilience, reduced vulnerability to stress
  • Better team working and understanding of others.

Positive outcomes are not limited to work and can enhance quality of life in general through:

  • Improved sleep
  • More time for family and friends
  • More effective listening
  • Better relations at home
  • Clearer thinking and planning
  • More availability for others
  • Quicker recovery from stressful moments
  • Better emotional control.

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