Smartfulness - Mindfulness, Resilience and Stress Management Trainings
The physical, psychological and personal demands placed on scientific staff and leaders are constantly rising. My trainings address these challenges by integrating Mindfulness and (hypno)-Systemic approaches. I would like to offer a contribution to training well-balanced and well-rounded employees and leaders of international high-performance scientific teams.
Depending on your requirements, the tailor-made training contains
techniques to effectively deal with stress in the scientific workplace to increase resilience,
tools to increase focus, concentration and creativity,
techniques to increase interpersonal skills and empathy, and
Mindful and responsible Leadership approaches.
With its impact on Resilience (= improved stress resistance), Mindfulness Training is an ideal tool for burn-out prevention.
Mindfulness has effects on
Empathy and compassion
Attention / concentration
Depression and anxiety (particularly relapses)
General wellbeing and happiness.
What is Mindfulness?
The Cover of Time Magazine proclaimed a “Mindful Revolution” in 2014. In 2016, the German Zukunftsinstitut officially labelled it a megatrend.
Mindfulness is defined as paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Or simply put, it means knowing what is on one’s mind in a given moment (as opposed to mind-wandering).
It’s a form of brain training.
With roots in old traditional practices and an increasing body of peer-reviewed scientific studies on the topic, Mindfulness training has been shown to have extremely positive effects on dealing with stress and may contribute to preventing and easing stress-related illness such as burn-out.
The trainings I offer include practice in body awareness, meditation and light, physical exercise.
I have developed a set of individual trainings based on and expanded from the MBSR programme which address the difficulties experienced by those in high-performance environments.
The trainings are tailor-made and fully secular.
Why practise Mindfulness?
During the past 15 years working in science management, I have witnessed how the increasing competition and pressure to thrive in a high performance environment takes its toll on employees’ wellbeing and mental health. For the employer, this affects overall productivity and increases health-related costs. Like in any other demanding profession requiring extraordinary intellectual or physical effort, scientists live with very high stress levels.
Not everyone is equally equipped to deal with these levels of stress. It therefore does not come as a surprise that cases of burn-out are becoming more known in academia and other high-level environments.
Mindfulness can play a prominent role in preventing stress-related health issues and costs, and at the same time increase productivity, as recently successfully demonstrated by Mindfulness Trainings at SAP.