Is stress leaving you feeling stagnant in your career? If so, it’s time to become mindful in your work life. Here are 5 unique ways mindful living can recharge your career goals.
What is mindful living?
80% of the American workforce says they’re incredibly stressed out on the job, while 51% of Europeans say they also experience work-related anxiety. In addition, many people say that their anxiety levels have prevented them from advancing in their careers. Mindful living can help you to overcome this sense of anxiety, and ensure that you keep climbing up the ladder of success. Within this article, we detail four of the many ways mindfulness can help you to be your best self in the boardroom – and beyond.
When you’re stressed out and thinking about all the things you have to get done during the work day, it can be almost impossible to complete even a single task. Instead, your mind frantically jumps from one responsibility to another, and you often make mistakes and confuse projects. Mindfulness replaces the distraction-driven idea of “multitasking” with the idea of hyper-focusing on one project at a time. It helps you to become more methodical in your approach to work, meaning you’ll actually be able to cross things off your to-do list instead of having them hang over your head the next day.
Mindfulness in the workplace can do wonders to lower your anxiety levels and, as a result, boost your productivity. Anxiety doesn’t just cost you productivity, it fuels the vicious cycle of staying late at the office and staying up late worrying about incomplete tasks. It can also have serious health consequences. Anxiety increases your risk of heart disease, depression, and can cause your blood pressure to go through the roof. When you’re not feeling your best, you certainly won’t be able to do your best work. Mindful living can help to ease this anxiety, helping you to put your best ideas on the table.
Whether you’re in a leadership position or an entry-level one, no one wants to communicate with a person who seems ready to blow a gasket at any moment. Mindful living helps to make you become more approachable to your coworkers and more relatable to your clients. It does this by boosting your emotional intelligence. You’ll be able to better read the emotions of those around you, emphasising with how they are feeling, and adapting your sales pitch – or tone of voice – accordingly.
Tapping into your creative abilities can help you to generate fresh ideas that will benefit the whole company — and will definitely get you noticed by those holding higher positions. Once you start living mindfully, you will notice that the frantic thoughts that once plagued your mind have been replaced by possible solutions to workplace problems. And with a clear head, you’ll be able to evaluate the situation from multiple perspectives. Especially if you need to diffuse a tense situation with a client, or come up with a way to get the upper hand on your competition, this sense of creative focus is incredibly valuable.
Jumpstarting your mindful living journey
Mindful living can seriously boost your power in the office. And whilst we recognise its importance, the truth is that it can be tough to stay mindful when you’re stuck in the same hectic, competitive workplace environment day in, day out. To ensure that you continue to reap the benefits of living a mindful life, sometimes you need to hit the reset button and get away for a little while. Today, many destination wellness centers offer mindfulness coaching in combination with other health and wellness practices. Whether you’re based in Europe, North America, or anywhere else in the world, we can all benefit from getting away from time to time. Spending a week or so at one of these retreats is a wonderful way to jumpstart your journey. They help to ensure that the effects and techniques you’ve learned continue to serve you once you’re back in the real world – and back at your desk.