Mindfulness gives you an edge at work

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Using mindfulness at work puts you more in the driver’s seat: It will make you less reactive, listen better, and help you navigate relationships and expectations more easily. During the day, insert mindful pauses where you can: during lunch, on bathroom breaks, or in between meetings or other work tasks.

Listen for it: When you hear an alarm or notification at work—ring of a phone, the ping of a text or email, a shift bell or a buzzer signaling someone coming or going—pause, and take three breaths. Just focus on the sensation of inhaling and then exhaling. That’s it! Continue with what you were doing.

Notice your wandering mind: Whenever you realize that you’ve been daydreaming or in your own head, notice how it feels the moment you snap out of it. For example, if you realize that you were thinking about something else while someone was talking to you, what does it feel like the moment you realize your attention had drifted? Just notice that. Then, take a take a full breath, inhale … exhale, and carry on with your day.



This copyrighted information courtesy of Mindful.org and mindfulness teacher and author George Pitagorsky.

Reviewed by Kaiser Permanente Clinical Ambassadors, including Mark Dreskin, MD, Sharon Smith, LPC, and/or David Kane, LCSW. August 2019.

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