mindfulnEss in the workplace 

the cost of stress in the workplace

The Business Cost Of Stress:

  • Ever increasing work load, deadlines, changes in financial circumstances and expectations to achieve targets are all major contributors to stress, anxiety and exhaustion in the work place. 

  • In 2014, there were 10.4million days lost to stress with the average cost of ‘sick’ days being £618 per day, meaning workplace stress cost the UK economy a total of £6.4bn in 2012. 

  • Presenteeism is also on the rise, with employees coming to work disengaged, tired, unmotivated and too stressed to work which is also costing employers in terms of productivity. 

  • Transport for London introduced Mindfulness techniques as part of a stress reduction initiative. A year after the programme started, absence due to stress, anxiety and depression had reduced by 71%.

The Physical Cost Of Stress:

  • If stimulated for too long, the sympathetic nervous system degrades the immune system. It inhibits the production of new neurons in the brain and stimulates older neurons, causing shrinkage and even death of brain tissue.

  • An over stimulated amygdala, the part of the brain that detects threat in your environment, leaves you feeling anxious, nervous, stressed and even depressed. You may feel that you are losing control and that the things that people do or say are threatening or negative. 

  • Your body and mind lose resilience and creativity and you begin to see the world as threatening. 

  • You may begin to stop doing the things that actively help you regain your equilibrium We stop doing the things that nourish us, leaving only work and other stressors and continue to deplete our resources.



How Mindfulness Can Help 

Essence of mindfulness is present-moment awareness, the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Which sounds really easy in theory! But research, and for many people, their personal experience, reveals that it's actually quite challenging.


The reality is, we're REALLY distracted  - we spend 46.9 percent of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we are doing, according to a Harvard study (A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind - Matthew A. Killingsworth, Daniel T. Gilbert) when the mind wanders, so does our happiness. We are happiest when what we are doing is also what we are thinking about. So 47%  of our time, our wandering mind is drifting away from our current task to the past or the future. That means we are not present for half of every day, or put another way we are literally missing out on half of our life.

With more than 60,000 thoughts a day (and the emotions they evoke) whirling through the mind, it is easy to understand how a calm, clear mind can be easily overwhelmed by the constant flow of thoughts, feelings and sensations. There are so many thoughts in our internal world that we spend much of our day on the train of thought without even realizing we ever boarded it. Consequences of mind-wandering are not just careless mistakes, misplaced objects and lost productivity, but as research shows, the distraction impacts our happiness and our thriving.


While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques, allowing us to step out of auto pilot, giving us much needed space in our lives when we can suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness—to ourselves and others. When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being.

Our Mindfulness in the Workplace sessions give employers and employees the tools and strategies to help with emotional regulation, self-awareness and self-acceptance and deep breathing exercises designed to improve conscious awareness of the body and how to calm it down, in part to tackle stress and anxiety, and in theory to boost long-term psychological resilience. Content can include:

  • Exploring the mind-body connection and awareness of our inner dialogue

  • Understanding the choices you have about what you pay attention to

  • Training the brain to focus through mindful awareness

  • Techniques that work for YOU to elicit the relaxation response

  • Generating more life balance, leading to positive and healthy changes i n your relationships at home and/or work

  • Creation of a self-care plan to nourish yourself