Mindfulness Training – Is this the way forward for successful business?

Mindfulness is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, supported by more and more rigorous scientific research, and driven in part by a desire to find new ways to help solve the challenges that threaten our health. Last week a landmark British report from Mindful Nation UK laid out recommendations for the provision of mindfulness across many public policy areas.

The World Health Organisation has warned that mental ill-health will be the biggest burden of disease in developed countries by 2030. Staggering figures show one in five employees is likely to be affected by depression at some point in their lives. Already, mindfulness training has been shown to reduce the risk of relapse of recurrent depression by one third. In a two-year clinical trial, led by researchers from Oxford University, people already taking antidepressants were assigned to a Mindfulness based Cogitative Therapy programme with a view to reducing or stopping their medication, or were asked to continue antidepressants alone. With support from their GP and therapist, around 70% of the mindfulness group were able to stop taking antidepressants.

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