What The Research Says

Mindfulness training for outstanding practice

Mindfulness can reduce staff absence / sickness
Research into mindfulness in the workplace by Jeremy Hunter and Don McCormick suggests that practicing mindfulness helps managers reduce stress, reduce blood pressure and improve overall well‐being (1)

As part of a strategy to help by Transport for London (TfL) staff deal more effectively with stress, TfL offered a six week group stress reduction workshop. The course has paid dividends: among employees who have attended the course, the number of days off for stress, anxiety and depression have fallen by 71% over the following three years. Absences for all conditions dropped by 50% over that time. 80% of participants reporting improvements in their relationships, 79% improvements in their ability to relax, 64% improvements in sleep patterns and 53% improvements in happiness at work.(2)

Mindfulness in the classroom
Teachers who practice mindfulness are better able to reduce their own level of stress, prevent burnout and organise their classrooms according to a 2013 study by the Center for Investigating Healthy minds at UW-Madison’s Waisman Center. (3)

Michael Forlenza, PhD, MPH, School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, relates that mindfulness makes him a better mentor and coach. ‘It is not that I don’t get frustrated or irritated at times; it’s just that I am more aware of it and I can more quickly recover balance and not blow things out of proportion.’

Improvements to well-being & life quality
Research into the impact of Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction on sleep concluded that Mindfulness improves sleep quality by up to 35% (4) In a further study of mindfulness training in the workplace, the course resulted in participants feeling more positive, more energetic, more engaged in their work and less stressed. (5)

A 2102 Massachusetts General Hospital study showed that eight weeks of mindfulness training shrank the amygdala, the portion of the brain modulating response to fear and stress. These effects continued even when not actively practising mindfulness. (6)

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