but the benefits are real.
calm, and peaceful. Emerge from the experience
with greater clarity of mind, renewed focus
and a positive mindset.
Check out of your stressful environment. Check in with Yourself.
Mindfulness is now fully mainstream. From apps to pop-ups to the boardroom, you can become zen anywhere, anytime. Once the Eastern practice became popular as a method of self-help, it quickly became a tool within businesses to increase productivity and well-being of employees.
Providing employees with the tools and skills to decompress can flow to the bottom line. SAP declines to detail how much it is spending on mindfulness but says it has seen a 200 percent return on investment, with the training leading to a rise in employee engagement and a fall in absenteeism.
This adoption has been rapid, perhaps due to its potential to help the bottom line: Aetna estimates that since instituting its mindfulness program, it has saved about $2,000 per employee in healthcare costs, and gained about $3,000 per employee in productivity. Mindful employees, the thinking goes, are healthier and more focused.
Studies show the practice may be an antidote to the high levels of stress and depression seen on college campuses. The American College Health Association found in a 2015 study that more than 85 percent said they “felt overwhelmed” by the demands of college.
Beyond professional counseling, colleges increasingly are adding amenities to lift spirits. USC recently launched a university-wide effort to encourage meditation and a more contemplative campus community aimed at reducing stress and improving concentration in the classroom.
Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense.
Psychologically preparing to face dangerous, high-performance, high-stress situations...it is not enough for a Soldiers physical body to be trained, it is also vital that the mind be fit and ready, equipped with a "mental armor" of sorts.
Sprinkling “Omm” mantras between “Ooh Rah!” battle cries can pay dividends for members of the Marine Corps and other branches of the military. According to a growing body of research, regular meditation improves the wellbeing of military members — both active duty and those who have previously served.