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March 2017 03456 44
Taking frequent breaks can benefit your work

In our busy and hectic work lives, we rarely have an opportunity to stop and rest. We have become a multi-tasking nation and the attitude of ‘keep on the treadmill’ is favoured significantly.

However, when many of us are tired (physically and/or emotionally), we rarely recognise our need for rest. This can result in poor productivity, concentration, judgement, mental fogginess and a lowered capacity for compassion towards ourselves and others, which can eventually lead to burn out and poor mental and physical heath.

If this is the case, what would happen if allowed ourselves time out for some rest?

Taking a break

The Harvard Business Review recently examined the benefit of breaks at work: they allow us to take a step back and make sure we’re accomplishing the right things in the right way.

When you work on a task continuously, it’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the weeds. In contrast, following a brief intermission, picking up where you left off forces you to take a few seconds to think globally about what you’re ultimately trying to achieve. It’s a practice that encourages us to stay mindful of our objectives…

Being Mindful at work

Over the last two decades, there has been a boom in research studies pertaining to the benefits of practicing mindfulness at work.

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by taking time out to focus one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It delivers numerous benefits to our health, physical and mental wellbeing.

A recent study, conducted by researchers Erik Dane and Bradley Brummel, indicated that in a dynamic work environment, engaging in mindfulness practices positively impacted job performance and decreased turnover. Mindfulness practices offer an antidote to all of the stress, rework, and errors that occur when our attention strays.

Being mindful allows us to check in with ourselves and hear those subtle signals from our bodies and minds that tell us it’s time to take a break. 

From an employer’s perspective, encouraging employees to stop and focus on the present may seem contrary to achieving organisational goals. However, it can significantly reduce stress and anxiety and conflict, and increase resilience and productivity, while improving communication.

Listen to our 3 minute Mindfulness Practice
Benefits of practicing Mindfulness
Research throughout the world is increasingly demonstrating the profound effects mindfulness can have on our well-being, quality of life and happiness.

Scientifically Proven Mental Benefits
  • Better Stress Management
  • Increases concentration and focus
  • Increases empathy
  • Better working environment and teamwork
  • Decreases depression and anxiety
Scientifically Proven Physical Benefits
  • Improves immune system
  • Brain plasticity and function are influenced positively
  • Lowers blood pressure to a healthy level
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Slows down aging processes
  • Increased ability to manage pain
In House Workplace Courses and Workshops
Mindful Based Living Course (MBLC)
Our 16 hour MBLC is designed to help you bring mindfulness into your professional and personal life through experiential teaching and exercises. Watch the video below to find out how effective Mindfulness training can be! 

Building Resilience & Well-being at Work
This half day workshop integrates mindfulness techniques to help participants build resilience and well being in the workplace; creating strategies deal better with challenging situations, reduce stress/anxiety and help improve productivity, focus and attention. 1.5-3 hours long
Mindfulness & Resilience in the Helping Profession
Thursday, 25 May 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00, Dunblane
Cost: £70

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to learn, develop and practice Mindfulness with clients and yourself. It is suitable for mental health professionals including clinical and counselling psychologists, counsellors, social workers, mental health nurses, and CBT practitioners.

If you are interested in any of our courses or have a specific type of training in mind for your organisation, please contact
direction also offers a range of Mindfulness & Compassion courses for both organisations and individuals - visit our website to find out more at
We offer our services throughout Scotland.

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