Our careers occupy most of our waking hours during the week and sometimes weekend. They may give our lives meaning and they may also be our greatest source of stress: never-ending to-do lists, difficult relationships with your boss or co-workers, endless demanding customer requests, long days. No matter what you do, work can feel stressful.
Mindfulness can help you, not only manage stress effectively but also be your best confident self at work. Here’s a guide to get you started.
Mindfulness improves your focus
You’re in the middle of writing a work email, when you receive a message on Slack. Long after you’ve answered the message, you’re reading and replying to other messages. When you finally get your attention back to your email, you don’t have any of the concentration you had before getting interrupted. Sound familiar?
“The human brain isn’t wired to multitask”, says psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman. He explains that the brain is unable to work on parallel tasks simultaneously, instead switching rapidly from one thing to the next.