Mindfulness: a set of tools to increase stress-resilience, productivity and wellbeing.
This 3-hour session is suitable for HR, Corporate professionals and employees who have an interest in improving wellbeing, resilience and performance in the workplace utilising Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a widely-researched and increasingly pervasive set of techniques including western psychological science and secularised meditation practices. Mindfulness has been shown to increase resilience and to improve performance in a wide range of areas including sports, healthcare, education, as well as the workplace.
By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
· Define and understand what Mindfulness is and what it is not.
· Describe some of the benefits of Mindfulness practice, including those within the workplace settings.
· interact with and absorb some of the key theoretical principles of this approach
· begin to consider how to develop personal and/or workplace mindfulness based resilience skills.
The course is a mixture of taught psychological knowledge, experiential exercises (eye-closed and practical metaphors with and without props) and interaction is invited and gently encouraged.
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS (60 minutes)
What mindfulness is and what it is not
Working on and off automatic pilots: practical exercise
Background to areas of reach and UK trends and standards
WHAT YOU RESIST PERSISTS:
How awareness and practice of sensory experience can help to reduce stress: Group exercise
Practice of sensory awareness: Body Scan meditation practice.
The Paradox of Mindfulness: How doing and problem solving may lead to more difficulty: sensory vs. conceptual experience explained.
WORKING WITH THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS:
Mindfulness of Thoughts: letting unhelpful thoughts go
Breath enquiry and awareness practice
Three major emotion regulation systems: Drive, Threat and Soothing systems.
SUMMARY AND PLANNING INITIAL MINDFULNESS-BASED GOALS
Delegates will consider how Mindfulness practice may be applied in personal time and the workplace.
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