December 17, 2019
The modern world is one that is subject to disruptive technology, leading us deeper into the state of constant connectivity. This constant connectivity – a constant buzz of phone calls, emails, texts, chat conversations, notifications; the never-dying social media buzz; colorful, funny and satirical advertisements – have lately become sources of distraction, sometimes overwhelming too. This digital fast-paced era adds further to the million thoughts that race in our minds, providing negligible moments for the human mind to rest. Thus, we humans, are in a constant state of flux, prone to anxiety and stress.
It is in this vulnerable state that we all step into our workplace each day, a place that is often cited as the epicenter of stress for the modern man. Chasing deadlines, hopping in and out of meetings, juggling more than a handful of tasks, difficult conversations, ticking off to-do lists, long days and much more, are a part and parcel of the modern work world, adding further to the anxiety and stress. Yet at the same time it is this very work we do, day in and day out, that occupies most of our waking hours adding meaning to our lives. How then can an individual stay focused and be efficient at work despite the hectic work life filled with stringent deadlines, coupled with other life events? How can one find “inner peace” in the midst of the corporate bustle?
Corporates have recently found that the answer to beating stress and anxiety, and increasing organizational effectives lies in “Mindfulness”. Directly linked to motivation in the workplace, mindfulness is defined as the ability to stay focused yet flexible and is a way of reprogramming the mind to think in a healthier, less stressful way. The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) describes Mindfulness as a way to train the mind, while also paying attention to the body and the world around us. It helps us recognize that we are not a slave to our thoughts and that we can choose how we respond, two strands highlighted by MHF.Read More