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Mindfulness in Teams

There's No "I" in Team, But There Is In Mindfulness

Mindfulness matters. Reflecting on my journey from my intense days in the RCMP to delivering relatable, inspiring talks, I’ve come to realize the huge impact of stress and the importance of self-care, even in the most demanding times. Drawing from my experiences, I’d love to share about how we can foster a culture of mindfulness in high-stress workplaces. 

But first, let me ask you this: Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the demands of your job, struggling to find balance amidst the chaos? If so, you’re not alone. 

"We all need someone we trust that we can talk with. Keeping everything inside is the worst thing we can do."

Tammy Ward

In today’s fast-paced work environments, stress is like that uninvited guest at a party—it just shows up and doesn’t leave. But, as I’ve learned from my journey and conversations with others, stress isn’t just a minor inconvenience; it can significantly impact your health, productivity, revenue, and overall workplace satisfaction.

According to Harvard Business Review, leaders can play a crucial role in mitigating stress by setting cultural expectations and leading meetings with team mindfulness as a central cornerstone.  Beyond leadership initiatives, each of us has a responsibility to prioritize our own well-being and that of our teams. 

Incorporating mindfulness into our daily routines can be your best step forward. So, how can we do this?

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Individual Mindfulness

Let’s start with individual mindfulness practices. Inspired by my emphasis on deep breathing, you can begin your day with a few moments of mindful breathing. Take slow, deliberate breaths, allowing yourself to anchor in the present moment and release tension. This simple practice can set a positive tone for the day ahead and help you navigate stressors with greater ease. Deep breathing at any time can help with anxiety. 

Additionally, physical movement is key to reducing stress and enhancing mood. Whether it’s a structured yoga practice, a brisk walk during your lunch break, or even stretching at your desk, incorporating movement into your routine can make a world of difference. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, aim for at least 150 minutes of brisk activity per week.

Team Mindfulness Practices

Now, let’s shift our focus to mindfulness in a team environment.

Gratitude Sessions

One effective strategy is to host weekly gratitude-sharing sessions. Start team meetings by reflecting on what each member looks forward to, their goals for the week, and any challenges they anticipate. At the end of the week, reconvene to discuss accomplishments, challenges overcome, and lessons learned. This practice fosters a sense of camaraderie and support among team members, reinforcing the idea we’re all in this together.

mindfulness in teams

Mindfulness Challenges

Mindfulness challenges can also encourage team members to stay present and engaged. Whether it’s noticing small details in your surroundings or learning more about your colleagues, these challenges promote mindfulness and connection. 

By fostering a culture of curiosity and awareness, teams can cultivate a deeper understanding of one another and strengthen their bonds. When we learn about our coworkers, we build trust and community.

Wellness Workshops

Finally, wellness workshops provide valuable opportunities for team members to prioritize self-care and learn new strategies for managing stress. From yoga classes to a lunch and learn on topics like stress management and emotional resilience, these workshops empower individuals to take control of their well-being and support one another in the process.

Healthier & Happier Workplaces

In essence, mindfulness isn’t just an individual practice—it’s a team effort. By incorporating mindfulness into our daily routines and team dynamics, we can create healthier, happier work environments where everyone thrives. As the saying goes, there’s no “I” in team, but there is in mindfulness. Let’s work together to cultivate a culture of mindfulness and well-being in our workplaces.

Contact Tammy for more information about Wellness Workshops!