Mindfulness in the Workplace: Can it exist?

Hands up if you’ve ever been sitting at your desk and suddenly it hits you – that overwhelming feeling of having so much to do. You look around your desk and can’t quite focus on any one thing because the to-do list has grown and the projects just keep piling up. We’ve all been there. Today’s workforce trend seems to be ‘do more with less’. But less people and resources can leave us all feeling like we’re stretched a little (or a lot) thin. And most often, the last thing we stop to think about while we’re in the thick of it, is our mental wellbeing.

If this speaks to you, you certainly aren’t alone. More than half of Canadian employees report feeling overworked and even burnt out, according to a recent Staples Advantage Study. And we all know, stress can do some pretty damaging things to our bodies. “Stress is the no. 1 epidemic of our civilization,” Deepak Chopra said. “Indirectly or directly, it’s related to things like insomnia, anxiety, fear, but [also] cardiovascular illness, inflammation in the body, heart disease, autoimmune illnesses.(resource: Huffington Post).

Have you ever considered meditation? Before you brush it off, hear this: meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce symptoms associated with stress, depression and anxiety as well as improve productivity and quality of life.

Enter: Muse. This brain sensing headband is a brain fitness tool that helps do more with your mind by helping you calm and settle your mind. Muse uses 7 sensors to detect and measure your brain activity. This activity is converted into information you can track on your phone or tablet.

Muse training sessions can be done in as little as 3 minutes a day, with audio and visual feedback of your brain’s response in real time. This helps you improve your mind, your concentration and your focus each time you use Muse.

Other health benefits from Muse include:

Motivates you to change your brain
Muse can give you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain while you meditate. It provides motivational challenges and rewards to encourage you to build a regular practice.

Improves how you respond to stress
In the short-term, meditation has been shown to trigger the natural relaxation response – a state of deep rest that changes the physiological and emotional responses to stress. Your metabolism decreases and your heartbeat slows. The muscles relax, breathing becomes slower, and your blood pressure decreases.

Extended use can have amazing and lasting results
A study showed that 20 minutes of meditation for 3 days in a row reduced anxiety, improved mood, and reduced heart rate. Research on longer sessions has documented other benefits, like increased grey matter density, reduced thinning of the prefrontal cortex, decreasing amygdala activity (associated with stress response), and increased resilience – basically, an overall beneficial change of the brain’s structure and function.

Designed to help you form the habit
Research has shown using an app and starting with 3-5 minutes can dramatically help you build a meditation practice. Muse starts you with 3 minute sessions and rewards you for your achievements, making sure it’s easy and motivating to train with Muse.

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Looking to change your mindset at work? The Muse headband is now available for purchase on Eway.
Shop now and rest easy: www.eway.ca.

 

 

 

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