#UKBA15 shortlisted

#UKBA15 shortlisted

If you have been living in a cave, you might not have come across Mindfulness: a type of meditation that has been embraced by many blue chip clients including Google, banking and the Army. However for the rest of us, articles have appeared in most of the key press and on television programmes, especially since the New Year. Mindfulness has been credited in a recent Oxford study with reducing Anxiety by 58%, depression 57% and stress by 40%. These figures are truly incredible, and achieved with no toxic, mind altering drugs!

Mindfulness in Work

Mindfulness in Work

At the back of last year I was ill and spent ten days in critical care and was on a ventilator for four of those days. During this period I was highly sedated; which lead to hallucinations and anxiety. My role as General Manager of Events for Merlin Entertainments can at times be stressful on many levels; however I always felt that I had dealt with this stress well. But that is the problem: we all think this. I now think anyone who thinks that they are dealing with it normally is not. The fast pace of London life; paying bills, health, relationships, money, projects, lack of sleep, etc. it all takes its toll and manifests itself in many way, such as:-

  • Lack of sleep
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Broken relationships
  • Addictions
  • Comfort eating
  • Illness
  • Heart conditions
  • Back, neck problems
Mindfulness in Work

Mindfulness in Work

At this point in I truly felt that life and London was starting to consume me. Over the years I have seen many friends escape London; some leave by choice but most leave due to being consumed by the stress, and some have actually died. I was determined to not leave London as I still love the city, but I wanted to take control again. This is when I came across Mindfulness. I started with the Headspace app for 12 weeks which has helped with my insomnia and really targets it in a completely different way. As the 12 weeks progressed I realised that the benefits I was getting from mindfulness were affecting relationships both at work and in my personal life in a positive way. I was even able to stand back on the tube and observe the stress that people were creating in their lives: I was just far more mindful of my actions and surroundings. I know it sounds all hippy and new age, and for any of you who know me will realise that I am far from a happy-clappy sort of guy, but now I am so much more in touch with my emotions. I also now know when I am becoming stressed, and even angry or jealous, and can manage these emotions accordingly. I first observe them and then am able to move on without the emotion affecting me physically. Sometimes these emotions still manage to spring up on me of course, but overall my stress levels are half what they were. I have now decided that the benefits are so positive that I am starting a new eight week programme; The Mindful Project, so watch this space for the continuation of my Mindful journey, and I hope that my blog will encourage you to be more Mindful. I will keep you updated with the benefits of the course that I am undertaking and how it is helping me in the workplace. Please feel free to ask me questions.

Written by Michael Aldridge

 


Previous
Next
Recommended Posts