Being focused is one thing, being attentive is another. But being mindful is something that icovers everything.
Now, try to apply this at your workplace:
1. Be aware of your emotions
2. Be aware of your thoughts
3. Focus on what are your goals
4. Try to be non-judgmental if someone tries to label you.
You would say, wait! How idealistic is this? I don't think it is possible in a real life scenario, where everything is so cut throat and stress is always at a pinnacle high.
How can you convince people who think mindfulness/ taking care of your mental health is a sham
A friend of mine who works at a law firm told me stress helps her work better. She is more charged to complete her work for the day. She says, 'Isn't that better than being calm and relaxed where you wont be able to do any specific target oriented work?'
'Are you sure about your target oriented work?'
'How sure you are about not raising your temper on anyone? Or does your day go without cursing yourself?'
'Umm.. I cant say. Well, temper is a part and parcel of life!'
'Dont you think this temper itself is the start point for- Chronic diseases like high blood pressure and clogged arteries?'
'Well, maybe. Actually I just got detected with high levels of cholesterol', she sighed.
'So', I said, 'how about practicing being more mindful at work? For your own health and mental wellbeing'
'Actually, there is a point in what you just said', she smiled.
So, mindfulness is for your own mental wellbeing at workplace
There has been a plethora of research articles which shows some relationship between mindfulness and better workplace productivity. An empirical research by Dane & Brummel (2013), states a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness and job performance.
Moreover, a recent research also shows mindfulness is negatively related to emotional exhaustion and positively related to job satisfaction (Hülsheger et. al, 2013)