Reducing Stress and Burnout with Mindfulness
How do you reduce stress and prevent burnout in the workplace? Research has shown that consistent mindfulness practice can lead to increased focus, improved work performance, and decreased levels of stress and burnout in employees. At Mind Body Align, we see the benefits of mindfulness firsthand in our clients and in our own lives.
But why is mindfulness so effective? Let’s take a look at some of the science behind this powerful tool.
Rewire your brain
Neuroplasticity is a term used to describe how the brain can rewire itself through repeated exposure to new experiences. It’s the idea that our brains are constantly changing in response to new stimuli, with different areas becoming more or less active depending on our environment.
With mindfulness practice, neuroplasticity is useful for helping to reduce stress by allowing us to cultivate healthier neural pathways which allow us to better manage stressful situations. By regularly engaging in mindful activities such as meditation or breathing exercises, we are able to activate areas of the brain associated with concentration and relaxation, thus allowing us to feel more relaxed when faced with difficult tasks or challenging circumstances.
Practice brings positive results
Mindful practices help us access our parasympathetic nervous system – also known as “the rest and digest” system – which is responsible for calming our body’s fight-or-flight response. When activated through mindful practices such as deep breathing exercises, our heart rate slows down and blood pressure returns to normal levels – leading us into a state of relaxation. This helps us better cope with stressors that come up in everyday life, such as tight deadlines or disagreements with colleagues at work.
The benefits of mindfulness don’t just stop at reducing stress and preventing burnout; research has found that practicing mindfulness can have a positive effect on overall mental health and well-being, too – including improved memory, reduced anxiety levels, and increased empathy towards others. In fact, a recent study found that mindfulness meditation was effective in reducing stress, improving all aspects of burnout, and increasing self-compassion and compassion satisfaction in practicing nurses. Regular practice has even been found to increase creativity levels!
Incorporate these Mindfulness Practices
Here are some science-backed mindfulness practices you can start incorporating into your daily routine to reduce stress and prevent burnout: deep breathing exercises, diaphragmatic breathing, mindful movement, meditation, detachment from negative thought patterns, acknowledgment of feelings and emotions without judgment, cultivating gratitude and appreciation, and maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
It’s clear that incorporating mindfulness into daily life can have huge benefits not just for individuals but also for whole teams in the workplace; so what are you waiting for? Get started today!
If you’re looking for ways to incorporate science-based mindfulness practices in your workplace, check out Mind Body Align’s At Work Programs!