Developing Mindfulness to Increase Resilience

Developing Mindfulness to Increase Resilience


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Benefits for those who increase resilience

The benefits of offering training to increase resilience in their workforce is being felt by many organisations who have made this investment. They find that employees are less likely to become overwhelmed, focus on the things they cannot change, or dwell on negative thoughts or emotions. Instead, they notice individuals who are more level-headed and objective when under pressure, have improved problem-solving skills, are more adaptive to change and have a greater appreciation of the advantages of personal care and pacing themselves.

Benefits for those who develop mindfulness

Mindfulness helps individuals handle situations and adapt to life’s adversities by teaching them how to cope with their thoughts and emotions. By practising mindfulness, even for a short period each day, an individual can benefit from observing their thoughts and begin to understand that difficult emotions are not the enemy. Rather than going over and over an experience or situation in their mind, with the result of feeling more and more fear or anger towards it, mindfulness helps them to see it from a wider perspective which will bring clarity and peace. Both personally and professionally this encourages the individual to move forward from a difficulty rather than getting stuck within it and allowing it to hold them back, in other words it can help them move from a ‘reactive’ to a ‘responsive’ state.

The part mindfulness plays in Resilience training

Mindfulness helps us to consider the present moment and see our thoughts and emotions more clearly, learning to be kind to ourselves for the difficulties we experience. This encourages us to look after ourselves and, therefore, enhances the vital resilience skill of self-care. Research has also shown that formal mindfulness practice of at least 15 minutes a day can help the emotional, mental, physical, behavioural, interpersonal and performance areas of our lives.  The benefits felt in the workplace can include:

  • being more focused and less distracted
  • having a greater understanding and empathy (leading to improved workplace relationships with both colleagues and customers)
  • enhanced job satisfaction

Our one-day training courses in both resilience for individuals and for managers include a section about mindfulness with the aim of highlighting how practising mindfulness can increase resilience for individuals in both their personal and professional lives. For those who would like to develop a more mindful approach to life and work, we also offer a one day course entitled “Mindfulness Training for Performance and Wellbeing” and a 16-hour Mindfulness Training Programme.

All our courses can be tailored to your exact requirements, please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can incorporate mindfulness into our resilience training. We can offer one-off courses to members of a specific project to a series of courses available to your entire organisation. Our contact form is available here.

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