Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has a mounting body of evidence pointing to its myriad of health benefits. Improved peace of mind, better sleep, and a boosted immune system are just a few examples. But did you know a regular mindfulness practice also makes you a better leader?
It makes sense when you think about it. Mindful people are calmer and less prone to spiraling when things go wrong. They can make more level-headed decisions and recognize that their actions don’t exist in a vacuum.
If you’re looking to add some mindfulness to your leadership style, the Fabulous app has a ton of ways to help. Here are our top five suggestions on how to develop mindful leaders.
Learn To Eliminate Distractions
Whether it’s just by adding the “Disconnect and Unplug” habit to one of your routines or by attempting a distraction-busting challenge, Fabulous is ready to help you focus. A core element of mindfulness is learning how to minimize your ability to be distracted. Things like setting your phone to Do Not Disturb, dedicating time in your day to deep work, and logging your distracting thoughts in a notebook are just a few tricks Fabulous utilizes to help your mind stay steady and focused.
Create Space To Set Intentions
It’s much easier to move through your day when you have a plan. Fabulous’s Staying On The Road Journey revolves around building up the tools you need for laser-like focus while you work. Writing a to-do list is about more than just listing tasks to check off. Your daily to-do list is a roadmap to get you where you want to go and should be treated as such.
Use Routine To Create Stability
If there is one lesson we want you to learn at Fabulous, is that your brain craves routine. Having a daily routine makes you feel stable and secure. It also reduces the number of decisions you have to make in a day, which frees up your cognitive energy for more important matters. After all, who wants to waste precious brain power choosing what shoes to wear or what to have for breakfast? By automating our more mundane tasks, we set ourselves free to focus on what really matters to us.
Become More Flexible During Chaotic Times
So, you want to exercise every day, but some days you just don’t have time for that 30-minute run. That’s okay! Fabulous recognizes that not every day is going to go exactly how you want it. Problems will arise. Chaos is inevitable. Rather than letting those moments of chaos ruin your day, Fabulous encourages a little creativity to sidestep these obstacles. Don’t have time for a 30-minute run? How about a 5-minute dance-off in your living room? Can’t shut your phone off during deep work in case you’re needed elsewhere? That’s okay, just set your phone somewhere you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind. Fabulous is all about adhering to the spirit of the law more than the letter.
Practice Self-Awareness and Self-Care
Over the past century or two, people have become more disconnected from their bodies. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the mind and body are two separate entities that have nothing to do with each other. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, what affects one will affect the other. A body that is well cared-for—through good nourishment, regular movement, and proper rest—will ease the load of a worried mind in ways that might surprise you.
Start Your Fabulous Journey Today
The best part of practicing mindfulness is that it’s never too late to start. Schedule your demo today and take the first step on your and your team’s journey to inner peace. Let’s create mindful leaders together.