December 9, 2013

STOP: A Simple Mindfulness Technique 

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and a willingness to accept what is. A wealth of research confirms that mindfulness decreases stress and improves the brain's ability to focus. The term "mindfulness" is sometimes confused with "meditation," but there are a lot of techniques to improve mindfulness beyond meditating. STOP is a 6-10 second mindfulness technique you can do anytime, anywhere to calm yourself and return to the present moment.  The steps are:

Stop what you are doing

Take a full, mindful breath

Observe your body and feelings non-judgmentally

Proceed with your work


Smalley, S. L., & Winston, D. (2010). Fully present: The science, art, and practice of mindfulness. Da Capo Press.



Maintaining Your Clutter-Free Career    


When we attempt to make changes in our lives, the most common reasons that they don't stick are social pressures and internal habits.  In the workplace, social pressures can be the constant barrages of e-mails, days full of endless meetings, people stopping by your desk unexpectedly, and new assignments. To maintain your clutter-free career, try these four strategies.  Read more.                         
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