Do you often feel overwhelmed or stressed? We spend much of our lives at work, and while work can be rewarding and meaningful, it can also be the cause of a great deal of stress. How do you cope? Have you ever considered the concept of mindfulness? It’s an idea that many companies are beginning to embrace.
Mindfulness, simply put, is being consciously present moment by moment, and having an awareness of yourself and your surroundings in the present, rather than focusing on the past or future. Mindfulness means stepping away from multi-tasking, being calmer and more focused, and striving to be gentler with ourselves and those around us. When mindfulness becomes part of your company’s culture, it increases creativity and productivity by improving focus, attention, and behavior. Even if your company isn’t ready to jump on this trend, though, there are simple ways you can improve your own workplace experience by practicing mindfulness.
- Start your morning with mindfulness. Prepare for your morning the night before, and wake up early enough to be able to start the day slowly. Create a morning routine that engages your mind and makes you feel calm. Rather than engaging with technology immediately, spend time in the morning being in the moment, and thinking about your day.
- Make a conscious decision to be present in the moment. More than anything else, mindfulness is about being aware and awake, rather than running on auto-pilot. At the beginning of your day, make a decision to be present in what you’re doing, whether it’s working on a task, eating your lunch, or talking to a coworker. When you find your mind drifting, acknowledge the thoughts you’re having, and refocus your attention on what you’re doing.
- Stop all the multi-tasking. In today’s high-paced world, many of us pride ourselves on being able to effectively multi-task. The truth, though, is that focusing on one thing at a time increases your efficiency and productivity.
- Just breathe. Simply focusing on inhaling and exhaling can relax you and can be done anywhere. Breathe in through your nose to the count of three and then release the breath through your mouth to the count of three. Slowing down and taking a minute to just breathe can help put you into a calmer emotional state. Try spending one minute of each hour simply focusing on your breathing and nothing else, and you may be surprised at how much better you feel.
- Take breaks when you need them. It may seem counterintuitive to take a break in the middle of a busy workday, but detaching from work for a few minutes can improve your concentration. Sometimes, it just takes a moment of tuning into your body, thinking about how you’re feeling, to help you re-center. Don’t hesitate to take a lunch break, though, or go outside for a 15-minute refresher.
- Cultivate a healthy mindset. Practice gratitude and positivity, while acknowledging that there will always be things you cannot change. Look for ways to turn frustration into an opportunity to reflect and regroup and stress into an exciting challenge. Sometimes, just being mindful of how you think can make a huge difference in your overall well-being. Here’s an easy exercise to help you: at the end of each day, wrote down one positive thing that happened that day and why it made you happy. By doing this, you’ll be training your brain to focus on the positive.
If you’re a leader in your company, you might consider hosting a mindfulness seminar to acquaint your team with the practices that can help them thrive moment by moment. When it’s time to start planning, consider Texas Training and Conference Center for your next group event. At Texas Training and Conference Centers, we pride ourselves on offering training facilities that feature the technology and tools to facilitate learning, with high-quality equipment and exceptional service. Soundproof rooms, state of the art electronics, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches are just a few of the ways we create an environment that makes a big difference for your event. For the past 18 years, we’ve provided exceptional service to businesses throughout Houston, and we have the expertise to help you make your event a success. To learn more about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.
How good are you at chit-chat? With all the skills you need to be successful in business, this is one that often gets overlooked. Being a good conversationalist, however, is vital if you want to get ahead. Fortunately, small talk is a skill that can be learned; with a little bit of practice, you can become proficient at making conversation.
- Be mindful of the moment. Often, we’re so involved in our own thoughts or focused on our devices that we miss the opportunity to connect with those around us. Put away your phone when you’re around other people, and make a point to interact.
- Know before you go. If there’s a company event, find out what you can about people who will be in attendance. Think about the people you’d really like to meet, and what questions you might ask to engage them in conversation.
- Be prepared. Make a plan before you enter a social situation, thinking of questions you can ask to start conversations, current events that are interesting without being controversial, and interesting personal facts that you can share without oversharing. It’s also smart to plan for the close of a conversation, making sure you know how to gracefully exit when it’s reached its logical conclusion.
- Make the first move. Don’t wait for people to initiate conversations with you. Instead, take the initiative and branch out from people you already know. Be inclusive, introducing people to each other, and be friendly, conveying warmth and sincerity.
- Listen more than you talk. A big part of conversation has nothing to do with coming up with things to say. Focus on the person with whom you’re conversing, asking questions and paying attention to the answers. It’s likely that the answers will act as springboards for further conversation, so look for opportunities to ask follow-up questions.
- Be sure to share. If you only ask questions without volunteering information about yourself, the person with whom you’re talking may feel like you’re conducting an interrogation. Share details about your life, taking care to keep the conversation light and upbeat.
- Be mindful of your purpose. Small talk is more than mindless chatter. Rather, it’s a way to get to know people, forming connections in order to build more substantial relationships with colleagues and associates.
If you’re a leader in your company, you can help foster relationships by providing opportunities for team members to interact and get to know each other. At Texas Training and Conference Centers, we pride ourselves on offering training facilities that facilitate team-building, with high-quality equipment and exceptional service. Soundproof rooms, state of the art technology, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches are just a few of the ways we create an environment that makes a big difference for your event. For the past 18 years, we’ve provided exceptional service to businesses throughout Houston, and we have the expertise to help you make your event a success. To learn more about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.