It’s not all candles and meditation…
Mindfulness is not the sole preserve of hippies and Buddhists, it doesn’t have to involve lighting incense and listening to whale sounds (in fact, they can be counterproductive), and it’s not meditation.
In fact, many companies are now embracing mindfulness, because it can improve health, productivity and effectiveness. These include KPMG, TfL and GSK, where the vast amounts of scientific proof of its effectiveness are recognised and embraced.
Mindfulness is about taking time out to pay attention to the present moment, without judgement.
In a world where the amount of stress one heaps on oneself can be seen as a badge of honour, we need to recognise the ways of reducing the potential negative impact of exhaustion and mindfulness is a great place to start. It allows us to take a step back and refresh our perspective on the world, to decide on a better response to the challenges we face, and to really focus. Neuroscientists have proven that no matter how good we are, our brains are simply not capable of operating effectively on more than one complex task at a time.