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Is Your School Or Workplace Interested In Stress Reduction Programs?
Are you a school administrator or HR professional who receives a lot of feedback concerning stress in your work environment? Perhaps morale is low, and you’re struggling to motivate your team. Have you noticed an increase in sick calls? Do you wonder if high pressure and stress are negatively impacting your workforce or staff?
Maybe you’re unsure how to properly address high emotions, especially if there has been an unexpected trauma or loss in your organization. Trauma can result from a range of unexpected incidents, such as layoffs, a death, accident, department restructuring or a breach of trust. Regardless of the type of distressing event, you want to provide your team with effective ways to process and manage stress.
Both the workplace and schools can be competitive and stressful environments. If you are a school administrator or HR professional, you may be managing multiple concerns about anxiety, anger or grief related to loss. If these issues have persisted for some time, you may worry that your employees are at risk for depression or burnout. As a human relations professional, you want to excite your team and create a collective sense of acceptance and happiness in your office. As a school administrator, you want to protect your teachers and give them an environment they can thrive in.
Workplace And School Stress Are Very Common
It’s incredibly common for workers to experience spells of overwhelm. However, if stress remains high or unchecked, it could lead to low morale and burnout.
New York City is an especially intense place to live and work. If you’re in the tech or creative professions, there’s always pressure to produce cutting edge, novel ideas. The cost of living here is one of the highest in the country, so there’s tremendous pressure to perform well in order to maintain employment status and advance. That is why layoffs and restructuring are overwhelming to say the least. Even though they may be commonplace, changes like these can be traumatizing.
Research indicates that high stress can compromise a person’s immune system and lead to an increase in physical illnesses. Stress can also make thinking more rigid and less flexible, which can impact creativity and communication. It also impacts breathing. Shallow breathing can throw your entire system out of balance.
Without healthy ways to deal with stress, many employees turn to unhelpful ways to relax, such as drinking, overeating or binge watching TV. And, when people don’t feel like they can talk about what’s bothering them, they’re never really given the opportunity to process or deal with stress. In these instances, sometimes people check out, lose focus and struggle to remain connected in the present moment.
The good news is that stress reduction exercises can improve morale, functioning, creativity and productivity. Mindfulness has been an effective calming device for centuries. Now it has been proven by the Global Journal of Health Science as a method that improves health and emotional regulation.
According to Good Life Zen, it’s not just yogis or celebrities who are catching on to mindfulness. Entire companies are now using meditation as a tool to improve productivity and reduce workplace stress. Even Oprah Winfrey, one of the most famous CEO’s in the world, has integrated meditation into her production company. And she’s not the only one! Nowadays, 80 percent of top business leaders meditate.
With the guidance of an experienced mindfulness meditation counselor, you and your team can learn skills that can improve overall functioning and well-being.
Mindfulness Training Can Help Your Workforce Thrive
At GreenT Psychology, I offer a number of stress reduction training programs. Together, we can assess what your organization needs in order to foster a more harmonious work environment.
Currently, I offer several different workshops:
- Stress Reduction for Coping with Trauma and Loss in the Workplace
- Stress Reduction for Coping with Trauma and Loss in Schools
- Stress Reduction for Increased Productivity and Creativity
- Mindfulness for Work-Life Balance and Well-being
Some of the skills I provide in the workshop include the following:
- Deep breathing
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Guided imagery
All of these techniques are evidence-based and are designed to help folks reduce stress, manage difficult emotions and improve creativity.
During the workshop, we’ll have an integrated discussion that helps your team understand why certain stress reduction techniques are more effective than others. People in the workshop may discover they have been using unhelpful coping strategies that actually impede relaxation. With the awareness of what’s not working, we can then practice new, healthier ways to feel lighter.
As a facilitator, I will be actively engaged throughout the process. With that being said, these workshops are very experiential, meaning they’re not like lectures. Throughout the workshop, I encourage participants to fully engage and voice their perspectives, questions and concerns. The workshop is a safe, compassionate, supportive space that allows folks to identify triggers and learn how to better manage stressors.
Since the inception of my practice, I’ve been helping professionals and students overcome workplace stress. As an experienced counselor, who also has an extensive yoga practice, I am confident that your workforce will leave mindfulness training with effective ways to manage and relieve stress.
You may still have questions or concerns about mindfulness-based stress reduction…
Isn’t mindfulness meditation just a passing fad?
Actually mindfulness has been around for thousands of years. It’s an eastern medicine practice and tradition, and now, we have data to prove what some cultures have known for a very long time—that it works!
For example, researchers from John Hopkins University assessed 47 trials on mindfulness. Each trial concluded that mindfulness meditation relieved symptoms of anxiety, depression, physical pain and stress.
The mind and body are intricately woven. When you have tools to calm the nervous system, everything from communication to morale to professional relationships can be improved.
Does mindfulness really aid the creative process?
Yes! Isn’t that cool? Researchers at the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition in the Netherlands recently found evidence supporting the assertion that mindfulness improves creativity.
Imagine your organization becoming even more cutting edge while simultaneously improving the mental health of its members. That’s one of the many benefits mindfulness mediation has to offer.
I’ve tried to meditate before, and it didn’t work.
In order to really reap the benefits of a mindfulness, one has to engage consistently and regularly in the practice. It’s not a not a one and done activity; it’s more of a long term process.
There also seem to be misconceptions about the “right” way to meditate. People often think you have to clear your mind completely. This is not true. There is no one best way to meditate. It is in the practice of self-care and conscious awareness that gives rise to the benefits of mindful meditation.
Learn More About What Mindfulness Training Can Offer
I look forward to working with you and helping your team thrive—in and out of the workplace.
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