Mindfulness Over Matter
Let’s face it: in today’s world, who isn’t stressed out? Whether workplace conditions or family drama has got you down, stress can put a real damper on us both mentally and physically. To combat burnout and depression, the concept of mindfulness — staying present and maintaining awareness of one’s current thoughts, emotions and experiences — is becoming a popular practice.
While mindfulness is widely-known to improve personal lives, it can also do wonders for professional relationships.
Benefits to Increasing Your Mindfulness
- Reduce work-related stress. Have you ever found yourself feeling overwhelmingly anxious, irritable or annoyed at work? You’re not alone! Stress can negatively impact work performance, which is why some employers are encouraging the practice of mindfulness in workplaces. Mindfulness teaches us to remain self-aware of how we react to current situations, helping us deal better with the stressors that we face each day. It’s a win/win situation for both bosses and employees!
- Get healthier and feel better, too. Stress can have a number of negative effects on the body, including headaches, loss of energy, high blood pressure and more. Studies have even shown that stress levels can significantly decrease your lifespan. Practicing mindfulness daily can help your body relax and release the tension causing you pain.
- Get along better with others. Once you start regularly practicing mindfulness, you are likely to see a difference in both your professional and personal relationships. Your co-workers may comment that you’re slower to anger, and your family will be grateful for the kinder version of you at home. Human connection is important, and mindfulness can help you get along better with those in your life.
The Division of Continuing Education at the University of Central Florida offers Certificate in Mindfulness for anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of the practice or starting a career in health and wellness coaching. The program includes five lessons on:
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Mindfulness and Happiness
- Mindful Eating
- Mindful Movement: Walking, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong
- Mindful Relationships
This program can benefit everyone including registered nurses, social workers, educators, volunteers and much more. Don’t let your stress define you.
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