What is mindfulness

Mindfulness is a personal wellbeing strategy which gives people skills in unhooking from unproductive thought patterns and behaviours.

Monash University defines mindfulness as "a series of attention training practices and cognitive strategies that can help you unhook from unproductive thought patterns and behaviours. It involves learning to pay attention to the present moment rather than worrying or dwelling in the past. It also involves developing an attitude of friendliness toward yourself, as opposed to criticism or judgment."

Mindfulness* has shown to be able to:

  • Enhance cognitive performance e.g. concentration, memory and processing speed
  • Improve study and work performance
  • Improve relationships and overall wellbeing
  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms
  • Increase resilience and peace of mind.

*Monash University

Mindfulness for staff at Sydney

The University of Sydney is committed to fostering the mental health and wellbeing of the staff community by providing them with tools to help manage and decrease stress and anxiety in daily life – specifically mindfulness training.

Healthy Sydney University (HSU) in collaboration with Safety Health & Wellbeing (SHW) evaluated the benefits of mindfulness and the practicality of running mindfulness programs for staff at the University of Sydney and found there were some benefits for staff wellbeing.

In 2016, Mindfulness-Based stress release program for university employees** was published . The paper indicates mindfulness is an effective method for reducing workplace distress, improving employee wellbeing, and enhancing vigour at work. Read more about the mindfulness-based stress-reduction pilot program with Safety, Health & Wellbeing and the Brain and Mind Centre. Further research with a larger cohort is warranted. Watch this space.

**Koncz, R., Wolfenden, F., Hassed, C., Chambers, R., Cohen, J., & Glozier, N. (2016). Mindfulness-Based stress release program for university employees. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(10), 1021–1027. doi:10.1097/jom.0000000000000856

Courses 2017

Safety Health & Wellbeing are pleased to be able to offer staff the opportunity to participate in the Mindfulness training and events in 2017.

Fiona Wolfenden, Wellbeing Coordinator is available discuss a Mindfulness Introductory session or Stress Release Program for your work area.

Mindfulness exercises

Download and listen to our mindfulness tracks, which provide a number of different exercises to help you practise mindfulness.