Can mindfulness help reduce stress at work?

How many friends and colleagues have you heard say they’re experiencing stress at work? How often do you hear yourself saying the same? According to a recent study by the University of Cambridge, around  half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill, and up to 5 million people said they feel highly stressed in their jobs. In the UK, 40% of all work related illnesses are caused by stress, which highlights just how much this is affecting us.

Letting go of holding on

Mindfulness meditation is a process of letting go; letting go of the way you think things should be and accepting what is. Often this can be hard when we start out, especially if we've been told that we need to let go, live in the present, and stop fretting about things. The harder we try, the more confused we get. The way to do it is to allow it to emerge - to focus all of your intent on simply being, not straying from being aware of the content of your own experience.

Tips for being mindful in London

Living mindfully in a city requires a different approach to living mindfully within nature. A city like London is actively trying to grab your attention; every headline you see on an abandoned newspaper demands you make a judgement, advertisements shout for your attention and the constant stream of people and traffic is an assault on your senses.