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An Introduction

A bit of background on wellness, its importance and how it improves our quality of life.

The People Development Magazine

“For most companies, Absence and wellbeing management is on the agenda.  There is no doubt that absence can be costly.  If it is stress related, businesses need to make sure they have the right HR Expertise and are complying with the HSE standards on Managing Stress.

The secret to great absence management is to focus on wellbeing.  When employees take responsibility for their own physical, emotional and cognitive wellbeing then they are more likely to perform well at work.   A positive working culture and environment is vital to promote wellbeing.” – healthy mind, healthy life

More and more young, developing children are showing signs of stress when they enter school, making it more important than ever to teach young students the tools of emotional resilience. New research out of Australia finds that mindfulness education during the school day may be of benefit to elementary school students, building skills that help them thrive in the classroom and beyond.  

There are three critical skills that develop in early childhood: paying attention and remembering information, shifting back and forth between tasks, and behaving appropriately with others. These abilities are known as executive functions and they are essential for more advanced tasks like planning, reasoning, problem solving, and positive social relationships.


Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the research-backed stress-reduction program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), explains how mindfulness lights up parts of our brains that aren’t normally activated when we’re mindlessly running on autopilot.

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

Give it a try and develop your practice

Body Scan Meditation (Tame Anxiety)   10 mins

Meditate at Your Desk   13 mins

Beginner’s Body Scan Meditation   30 mins

Nine ways to reduce stress (

Nine Ways Mindfulness Helps with Stress

“Mounting scientific evidence from hundreds of universities—including dedicated centers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the United States and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom—strongly suggests that mindfulness gently builds an inner strength, so that future stressors have less impact on our happiness and physical well-being.”

This article shows you all the ways mindfulness can help you manage stress.

Develop Further, Go Deeper !

This typically involved a formal Mindfulness Meditation Training program under guidance and supervision to help support your wellbeing journey.

Suggested programs and further training material:

Courses with the British Mindfulness Institute
Teachings from Mindfulness Expert Tara Brach
Founder of MBSR - Jon Kabbat-Zinn
8wk MBSR Online Course with Palouse Mindfulness