I wanted to take a moment and talk a little about the importance of business persons practicing mindfulness. But, what does that even mean. We hear phrases like "have a practice" or "what's your practice" all the time. Actually sitting down and hammering out a routine that is going to be perfect for you as an individual is the essential part of the etherial statements on the subject. So! what's your practice?
One of the problems with not having a practice, is that you are at the mercy of whatever comes your way. You might be really good at handling stress when it comes but what about those days when things just snowball? That's where a practice can help support you and give you some tools to work with. Even if all you do for a mindfulness practice is to set aside 15 minutes of your day to sit and be still. In those fifteen minutes, you are resetting your nervous system and allowing yourself the opportunity to check in with what it is that's going on inside of you. You might not feel like doing mindfulness or even sitting down when you first get started but if you have the mindfulness practice, you know what to do even if you don't want to do it.
Another option is to make mindfulness a part of your day. When I'm driving in my car, I like to listen to mindfulness recordings on youtube or just instrumental music and let myself be open with whatever comes up for me during that time. I'm usually very present when I drive and pay attention to the traffic around me. That mindfulness practice helps keep me safe on the road. There are so many ways that you can be mindful in your life if you just take a little time to look for them.
When it comes to our work as clinicians, mindfulness is essential. We want to be able to support our clients in a way that is mindful of their needs. Clients rely on us to help them be more present and aware of what's going on inside of themselves and mindfulness helps us do that for ourselves as well so that we can better serve the people who need our services.
So! Take some time for yourself and find out what mindfulness practice works for you. It might be something that you do every day or it might be something that you only do when things get tough. The most important part is to have some kind of tool that you can use to help you through the tough times.
by Zac Dodson