Suja Johnkutty, MD a conscientious mom, and neurologist whose one simple goal is to provide honest, practical, simple action steps to experience better relaxation. She also blogs at BetterRelaxation.com, a site all about providing straightforward advice on mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Recently, Suja put forth the question, “Have you ever found yourself at work functioning on autopilot?”
It’s happened to her. She shared that she would wake up and head to the office like an automaton until one day she realized that without mindfulness at work, she was less productive, just doing things for the sake of it and feeling absolutely unfulfilled even though this was her passion. So she put together a comprehensive training of mindfulness at work.
What Is Mindfulness Training?
Mindfulness is living in the moment or having a conscious awareness of what you’re doing right now. Often, we drive to work and get through the workday, without being fully aware of the moment, without consciously realizing where we are and how we’re going about it.
Mindfulness is not something that happens automatically. It requires a continuous, conscious effort to choose to live in the moment. Being busy is somehow worn as a badge of honor. And in all that ‘busyness,’ we’re constantly chasing the next deadline, the future client, the better fish, and the next promotion. In all that “busyness” we forget to savor the moment. Mindfulness at work can help you bring each moment, each task, every activity through a more appreciative lens.
So how can we be more mindful at work? Especially when another email brings about more work, a phone call distracts us from the task we’re currently doing or another meeting yields more things for the to-do list. We’re constantly distracted and it can be hard to focus. Now before you brush this off as hocus-pocus, let me point out to you, that mindfulness meditation is now recommended by psychiatrists. At Oxford University, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), was developed by Professors Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale. Oxford neuroscience has used it in the treatment of depression and stress reduction.