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This mindfulness Buddhist practice can help you overcome anxiety and workplace burnout

Fostering mindfulness may hold the key to a healthier, more balanced work-life

By Web Desk
February 24, 2024
Mindfulness is derived from ancient Buddhist practice and has become a popular tool in the battle against anxiety. — Adobe
Mindfulness is derived from ancient Buddhist practice and has become a popular tool in the battle against anxiety. — Adobe

Combating stress and burnout in the workplace has become of paramount importance.

This is important, especially in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. 

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have unveiled a powerful tool grounded in ancient wisdom. This is a mindfulness practice derived from Buddhist traditions. 

So, staying mindful reduces your anxiety in the workplace.

But, how exactly can this age-old practice be the key to a healthier digital working life in the 21st century?

Mindfulness, defined as the awareness of internal states and surroundings, is more than just a trend. The American Psychological Association (APA) explains that it enables individuals to navigate the modern workplace by observing thoughts and emotions without judgment, fostering resilience. 

As the workplace becomes increasingly digital, the study, analysing 142 workers, sheds light on its impact and potential solutions.

Elizabeth Marsh, a PhD student at the university’s School of Psychology, underlines the importance of being "mindful and confidently digital" for a healthy working life. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, indicate that those who embrace mindfulness are less susceptible to anxiety and other negative outcomes in the digital workspace.

Digital workplace technologies like email and instant messaging have been linked to stress perceptions among employees, according to associate professor Alexa Spence. The constant evolution of the digital workplace can lead to burnout and poor health. 

Professor Elvira Perez Vallejos stresses the need for organisations to address digital workplace hazards, considering them alongside other workplace risks.