According to a new study, one month of online mindfulness training can benefit stressed-out employees.
Work these days often comes with long hours, emotionally draining colleagues, and complex problems that require an enormous amount of mental energy. So it’s no surprise that many of us have a hard time leaving work-related thoughts at the office.
“Surveys have shown that between 16 and 25 percent of the workforce have regular issues of not being able to switch off and are upset or distressed by work-related thoughts,” says Mark Cropley, a professor of health psychology at the University of Surrey. That can lead to a host of mental and physical health issues, including difficulty focusing and depression.
But a new study from Cropley and his colleagues suggests that a little practice in mindfulness—non-judgmental, focused attention on our moment-to-moment thoughts, emotions, and experiences—can do wonders for those having difficulty unwinding after work. While numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness for reducing stress, fewer have shown exactly how it works—especially when it comes to recovering from work.