How MBCT mindfulness can improve productivity in the workplace
Mindfulness gives us a better understanding of stress and problems in the workplace, whilst improving communication and relationships with others. People say that mindfulness helps them to think straight and have a clear head. So practising mindfulness can also improve your working memory.
Obviously, being at work brings its own unique stresses and strains. Getting along with co-workers and colleagues. Dealing with management or team members. Meeting deadlines, hitting targets, maintaining performance. It’s no wonder that workplace stress is now a recognised health condition.
In fact, anyone who works under pressure in a busy environment can experience workplace stress. But the good news is, anyone can benefit from everyday mindfulness at work. People who have taken part in our courses say that they now use mindfulness strategies during their working day - and also at home. In very busy jobs and during times of stress, these skills have enabled them to become calmer, put things into perspective and focus on the present.
8 WEEKS £POA
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During the 8-week course you’ll develop skills to manage the ups and downs of life and learn ways of responding that help improve your wellbeing. MBCT groups usually have 8–14 people meeting weekly for sessions, but as each workplace course is tailor-made for your organisation, the number of sessions or attendees may vary. Nicola teaches MBCT in a number of business settings throughout the year.
Every week we’ll be covering a different theme as we develop the practice of mindfulness. The sessions will start with a practice, then an introduction to the session, followed by a review of the home practice. Each session will centre on a foundational meditation practice followed by group reflections and learning/discussion points. At the end of each session, we’ll discuss the home practice expected between sessions.
The fee includes:
all handouts and resources, and a USB memory stick or CD of guided practices for use during and after the course
a pre-course individual meeting (30 mins) with each potential participant to discuss the course, any questions you may have and any other relevant information. The course is a commitment, so it's important to consider whether it’s right for you, and whether you would have time to practice the mindfulness skills in between sessions, as this is an important part of the course
an optional post-group individual meeting (included in the price)
The eight step programme
The 8-week MBCT course is a well-established and scientifically-proven way of training your ‘meditation muscles’ by offering a programme which helps you understand and develop the wellbeing benefits of mindfulness. It provides a structured process with a group of people supported by regular practice. Just like training your physical muscles, your meditation muscles need to be trained at home too to get the most from the course.
Session 1 - Awareness and automatic pilot – stepping out of ‘doing’ mode into ‘being’ mode
Session 2 - Dealing with barriers – living in our heads – paying attention in each moment without judgement
Session 3 - Mindfulness of the breath and body in movement
Session 4 - Staying present – recognising aversion, becoming aware of how we might respond mindfully
Session 5 - Acceptance, allowing and letting be – working towards developing acceptance and kindness towards our experiences
Session 6 - Thoughts are not facts – ways to see thoughts differently
Session 7 - How can I best take care of myself? Using skilful action to take care of ourselves, even when our mood lowers
Session 8 - Acceptance and change – maintaining and extending new learning!
Who benefits the most?
It could be you or anyone in your workplace who feels they work under pressure or experience workplace stress. It could be anyone who finds it difficult to focus on a variety of tasks or make decisions. Anyone can benefit on a personal or productivity level.
Healthcare practitioners and support staff
Office workers - from junior staff to senior managers
Manufacturers - from packers to those in charge and anyone in-between
Schools, colleges and universities - teachers and support staff
Transport workers - from train drivers to chief executives
Literally anyone who wants to improve their wellbeing
How to book
If you’d like to discuss how our ‘Everyday Mindfulness’ course can benefit the staff in your workplace or you personally, simply fill out the enquiry form below. Nicola with then contact you to discuss your business or organisation’s specific needs.