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In: Workplace Mental Health

Kellie Lewis, Psychologist & Co-Founder

Hi again, welcome to our short video bytes on hot topics of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Nowadays, most of us would have heard of ‘mindfulness’ – and that it is good to ‘have it’!

In fact, mindfulness is one of the things that often comes up in our conversations for stress management. It certainly seems “trendy” to do in organisations – but does it really work?

In short – well – yes! But let me explain what it is and why it works!

Mindfulness is the ability to be focused on the present moment in a non-judgemental way.

Importantly, the research into mindfulness has consistently found that mindfulness reduces stress, promotes resilience and is one of the habits of resilient people.

Researchers are still not completely clear on why mindful people cope better than others with difficult experiences, thoughts and emotions without being overwhelmed. However, the two main mechanism thought to be behind this is that because mindfulness concentrates attention in the present moment, you are not dwelling in the past or fretting about the future; and it makes us more aware of our thoughts and feelings which we can then change if these thoughts are not helping us constructively weather life’s many challenges!

And yes – mindfulness – with some practice – is a skill we can all develop!

To learn more about how we can help your staff develop mindfulness and build the knowledge and skills for resilience in general visit us at thementalhealthproject.com.au.

If you or someone you know needs help contact your organisation´s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), your GP or call:

LifeLine on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Disclaimer: The information in this video is for general information only. It is not intended to be and should not be relied on as a substitute for specific medical or health advice. While every effort is taken to ensure the information is accurate, The Mental Health Project makes no representations and gives no warranties that this information is correct, current, complete, reliable or suitable for any purpose. We disclaim all responsibility and liability for any direct or indirect loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever in the use of or reliance upon this information.

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