Remaining Present in a Multi-Tasking World

Man practicing mindfulness at work

Juggling life’s daily tasks can be quite a challenge, as we navigate an endless number of decision points throughout our day. Often the most urgent or pressing concerns capture our attention. Our devices only contribute to the clutter with constant notifications of new emails, text messages, news alerts, and calendar reminders. Our lives are full as we try to uphold our responsibilities as parents, spouses, employees, and active members of the community. Multi-tasking has been the long-standing remedy for addressing these demands, but a new trend has recently emerged that may provide a healthier avenue for handling our life stressors.

Mindfulness is defined as maintaining a moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment.¹ It involves purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting that moment without passing judgment.² Mindfulness is gaining attention for its demonstrated benefits to physical and mental health as well as our overall wellbeing. Among those benefits are improved sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, strengthened immune system, and enhanced resilience.

Mindfulness is an essential part of emotional wellbeing, just one of the five pillars of wellness. To learn more about Allegacy’s holistic approach to wellness, download a copy of our white paper.

 

1 Harvard Health Publications, Benefits of Mindfulness
2 The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, What is Mindfulness?

 

 

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