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What Mindfulness Is

Is Mindfulness an Evidence-Based Practice in the Workplace?

Mindfulness is one of the great buzzwords of the second millenium, particularly in recent years. The eastern tradition has gained much western attention as the effects of mindfulness are touted as transformational. Mindfulness is many things and mindfulness is not many things. Here we will discuss what mindfulness is. In our next post we will discuss what mindfulness is not.

Mindfulness is a practice of meditation

Meditation is inherently a practice of mindfulness, making mindfulness a practice in meditation. To meditate can be defined as easily as thinking deeply or focusing the mind. Though mindfulness does not encourage too much attachment or judgment, it does foster focus and thinking.

The key tenets of mindfulness are paying attention, awareness, and noticing. Much of a professional’s day is done in autopilot. Waking up, having breakfast, drinking morning coffee, driving to the office, settling in, then the frenzy of a day’s demands- life can start to blur together. Mindfulness presses pause by asking a professional to take pause and notice. Noticing and paying attention creates awareness and increases conscious awareness, which is helpful for professionals working on their emotional recovery.

Mindfulness is a practice outside of meditation

Mindfulness meditation is its own practice. However, professionals can utilize the tenets of mindfulness outside of their dedicated meditation time. Noticing, paying attention, and awareness are all things that professionals should be doing in their daily lives and careers. Attending to patients, enforcing the law, and taking emergency situations into consideration require present minded focus.

Mindfulness is proven to reduce disruptive symptoms

Therapeutically, mindfulness is proven to reduce disruptive symptoms caused by depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and other forms of stress. Innumerable research studies have been conducted examining the profound effects of mindfulness on those being treated for mental illness. Even long standing traditional therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy are being modified to include mindfulness. Some studies suggest mindfulness practice alone is more effective than traditional cognitive behavioral therapy.

Mindfulness is an easy practice which can be learned quickly

Learning mindfulness is not difficult to do, thought it can take some getting used to for busy professionals. Weeks of retreats, seminars, or trainings are not necessary to make mindfulness a daily practice. Professionals can download apps on their phones, subscribe to podcasts, or find playlists on music streaming sites which offer guided mindfulness practices.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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