“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”
I take a particular interest in workplace mindfulness training. At an individual level; developing greater well-being, resilience, performance and relationships – and at an organisational level; contributing to positive change in workplace culture. I believe that our modern workplaces can contribute hugely to society by taking good care of their employees.
Practicing mindfulness is a bit like being given a manual to how we work; providing a blueprint that is unique to each of us. In the workplace, it can help with presence, clarity of thinking, improve our focus and decision making, act to lighten the load that so many of us feel at work, and improve the way we work and communicate in teams. Together, these add up to improve performance, creativity, resilience, wellbeing, and skills like communication and emotional intelligence.
My approach to teaching mindfulness within the workplace draws on a 20-year operational management career with responsibility for staff management and welfare within a diverse range of companies and a 10-year teaching career where I taught creative subjects within some challenging inner-London secondary schools. This experience has enabled me to understand the challenges of high-stress environments and the cost to the morale and well-being of staff. My career path has given me a unique insight into many different business cultures.
- Introduction to mindfulness workshops which give some theoretical background including the Neuroscience of mindfulness with an experiential element
- Introduction to mindfulness courses usually taught over 4-weeks that introduce the core practices and some of the main threads that run through the full 8-week course
- Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, taught over 8 weeks, which is an evidence-based, intensive exploration of the practice of mindfulness
- Regular weekly or monthly mindfulness sessions (both online or in the workplace)
- Mindful meetings
- General well-being workshops including:
- self-care for mental health and wellbeing
- managing increased stress, isolation, and blurred lines between work and home life
- bouncing back – practices to increase resilience
- emotional intelligence
- sleep hygiene
- understanding stress and anxiety
- mindful communication
- climate change anxiety and positive actions
Sessions generally include didactic content, experiential practices, and large and small group discussion
- Mindfulness and well-being related copy
- Mindful creativity workshops, away days and retreats. These workshops can be tailored to the interests of the team and in addition to mindfulness practices can include mindful walking in nature, life drawing, painting, journaling, embroidery and other expressive arts activities.
Full consultation services are available including employee audits and roll-out of well-being programs.
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