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- It seems like everyone is talking mindfulness or mindful meditation these days – with celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Steve Jobs to Kobe Bryant sharing the benefits they’ve experienced from daily practice. For employees who are trying to manage stress, mindfulness, meditation, and breathing classes from Strive are a great way to learn these skills and to start reaping the benefits of these ancient techniques.Mindfulness is about staying focused on the present moment, but for most of us, that’s harder than it sounds. Your mind probably bounces around like a ping-pong ball, shuffling through your to-do list, making mental notes about that meeting you just attended, dwelling on that argument you had last night, and then back to your to-do list. Mindfulness is a way to calm all that frantic bouncing, focusing on what’s happening right this minute instead of what already happened or what the future holds.One of the key elements of mindfulness includes allowing yourself to feel emotions as they arise without rejecting or judging them. If you feel angry (or sad, or content), you acknowledge that emotion without attaching a “good” or “bad” label. You don’t react, and you don’t let your feelings overwhelm you. You simply let them come. If your thoughts do begin to drift or you feel like your emotions are drowning you, you pull yourself back into the present moment.Mindfulness may have gained popularity in recent years, but its Buddhist roots extend back thousands of years. Buddha taught that human suffering comes from trying to escape your immediate experience – like trying to hold on to happy or triumphant moments or to get away from feeling sadness, frustration, or anger. When you practice mindfulness, you don’t run away – either from or toward anything; instead, you let emotions rise and fall without judgment, feeling and accepting what you feel.There are many benefits of mindfulness, including:
In one study, people who participated in an eight-week mindfulness stress reduction group showed significantly reduced levels of stress and anxiety compared to the group that did not participate in a mindfulness program. The study also found that the mindfulness participants had different neural reactions – and fewer of them, suggesting that mindfulness may provide you with more control over emotions and the ways in which they’re processed. Practicing mindfulness has even been shown to make lasting positive changes in your brain’s structure in the areas related to learning, memory, and perspective.To reap these benefits from a "mindfulness practice" or by "practicing mindfulness" usually means participating in mindfulness meditation. Participants can meditate alone or in a group setting where an instructor provides guidance and encouragement. Individual meditation times can range from five minutes to an hour or longer, but meditation classes are generally 45-minute sessions.While there are many different ways to practice, all mindfulness meditation includes focusing on your body, your breathing, and your thoughts. You merely need to sit, pay attention to your thoughts and breathing, and pull yourself back into the present if your mind begins to wander. As your thoughts and feelings come, try not to reject or judge them. Just let yourself exist as you are in the moment.Breathing is one of the cornerstones of mindful meditation – and science is starting to understand the impact breathing can have on mental well being. You probably already know that breathing slowly and deeply can help to calm you down – while breathing more quickly can keep you alert and away. Researchers recently discovered that in addition to the physical changes, there’s a connection between breathing and state of mind. The part of your brain that regulates your breath has a direct impact on your brain’s higher functions – shedding light on how important breathing is to mindful meditation.At Strive, our on-site mindful meditation classes are an integral part of our comprehensive Stress Management programs. Working with pre-screened, certified instructions, we’ll create a curriculum of Mindfulness Meditation classes for stress management that’s easy and convenient for your employees to participate – and to reap the benefits.When you work with Strive, an assigned project coordinator will be your sole point of contact, simplifying the process and reducing the time you spent on administration and coordination. We’ll handle all the enrollment, communications, and marketing – providing you with posters, flyers, and calendars all ready to share with your employees. Once classes are underway, we’ll also track engagement and participation and deliver regular reports so you can see if your classes are resonating – and can add more if needed.Strive also simplifies the liability process. We provide comprehensive liability insurance coverage that includes workers compensation, and our provision of services leaves you fully-indemnified of risk. We'll even distribute electronic liability waiver forms and manage that entire process.With resources nationwide, Strive is ready and able to help you implement Mindfulness Meditation classes in one office or on campuses across the country. You can also easily combine it with other employee wellness initiatives – like Fitness Classes or Therapeutic Services, all of which will be handled by your program coordinator. That means no matter which programs you choose or how many locations you implement them, you'll get everything you need – marketing, enrollment, coordination, program instruction and equipment, liability insurance, and invoice – all from one simple source.
- boosts to memory and focus,
- being better able to control emotional reactions,
- reduction in fixating on negative thoughts
- stress reduction
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