How did the Corona period shape you? In a world driven by VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambivalent), the virus acted as a digitalisation accelerator. In companies, the new competences of the working world 4.0, also called “New Work”, are becoming more visible, the leadership of agile organisations is constantly aspired to. There is a lot going on – in professional and private life. The corona crisis challenges us at all levels to develop inner strength and new competencies. Resilience and mindfulness – two core competencies of this time.
Two of the most important skills today are mindfulness and resilience. These are strengths that stress expert and coach Evi Giannakopoulos of stress away® has been working with for over 30 years and has already helped many people out of life crises and professional difficulties. Seeing how people come to life-changing strength after such shaking crises always fascinates her anew in her work. Resilience is not an innate personality trait, but can be developed by anyone. Just like strength training strengthens muscles for a powerful, resilient body. With neuroplasticity, neuroscience confirms the ability of our brain to train neuronal changes and thus bring about lasting changes in life. Coping with stress is above all a question of mindset. And we had two years to train this strategy and to consolidate the stand-up mentality of resilience.
Either we are part of the problem or part of the solution. People who see themselves as part of the solution are internally strong and more resilient. Resilience is the mental and emotional resilience within us. The inner attitude is crucial. It is not a question of talent, but of strategy.
Stress-resistant professionals impress with inner strength, stability and a strongly developed resilience. They act decisively in turbulent times and crises and know how to deal with pressure and setbacks more calmly. As a result, they use their energy to find solutions. Resilience coaching can empower professionals and strengthen their resilience in many ways.
Mindfulness training is much more than a meditation practice or breathing exercise. Mindfulness is a way of life. Its motto is more being instead of having. Its mantra: serenity. It teaches us, especially in these stagnant times, to go into ourselves, to use the silence to stimulate deep processes of cognition and development. Where do I actually want to go? What have I learned from this experience about myself and about what constitutes a good life for me? What do I want to keep in my life? What do I want to change and where do I have influence, where not? How can I acquire the resources and skills? Mindfulness also includes treating people with appreciation, patience and compassion and accepting things as they are. Serenity gives inner peace and releases new strength. In this way, we cope with difficulties more efficiently and successfully. We have been able to experience this strongly in the last few months.
The benefits in everyday working life
Mindfulness provides an excellent means of daily rebalancing between our hectic home office activities and our inner peace. Like hitting a “reset” button, a “business meditation” relaxes the body and mind and recharges the inner batteries. After only a few minutes of training, you feel energised and it is easier to continue working.
In addition, mindfulness training enhances leadership, self (such as work organisation and time management), communication, social and health skills. So many benefits with just one strategy or exercise. In concrete terms, the effects of mindfulness include:
- Improving the brain’s ability to perform and concentrate.
- A sharper perspective and efficient way of working in everyday life: You do more of what is important (because you focus your attention on the essential things) and less of what is not important (you recognise time wasters and bad solutions before you take them). You slow down (mindful awareness) and achieve more (efficiently). This is the principle of mindfulness. Possible uses: large volumes of work, leading teams/projects, annual goals, finding solutions quickly, meetings and client discussions.
- Better time management: good organisation and planning is only as good as it can be worked through. In open-plan offices, distractions such as noise and interruptions are a major time waster that costs companies a lot of money. Mindfulness training helps to complete the to-do list in the set time windows. One is present, awake and focused.
- Sensitisation of perception. In meetings, you quickly realise what is at stake, including what is said between the lines, and can steer the course of the meeting in a goal-oriented way. No time is wasted. The non-judgemental attitude – not looking for mistakes and culprits, but for solutions – also improves communication and relationship skills.
- Communication and relationship skills. This also leads to efficient working methods that eliminate stress or prevent it from arising in the first place.
- Promotes rapid solution finding, as the left and right hemispheres of the brain can work together perfectly, i.e. are in a coherent state. Logic and creativity are needed for rapid problem solving. However, during stress, the left brain hemisphere suppresses the right brain hemisphere. And that is why we then find it difficult to make the right decisions.
- Improve breathing and health. Body, cells and mind are supplied with enough oxygen. On the one hand, this gives you more energy and, on the other hand, you can quickly breathe out burdens, anger, stress and get back into an attitude of being able to act. Breathing exercises, such as meditation and other mindfulness exercises, help with this.
- Positive change in body, mind and spirit. Detailed changes achieved by practitioners of mindfulness training have already been reported in several studies. For example, the research results of US researcher Richard Davidson showed that after only 10 minutes of meditation, the production of immune cells increased by 30 percent. Test subjects showed a 50 percent increase in activity in the frontal lobe of the left hemisphere of the brain, the region responsible for our good mood and balance.
People do not have to endure this change, but can help shape it, and that motivates, makes people more aware and releases energy for transformation. The stress caused by the crisis permanently releases stress hormones in our body and we behave accordingly. Adrenaline, the fear substance, puts us in a flight or fight position. We need dopamine to expand ourselves, endorphins ease pain and are our evolutionary strength.
For further information and personal training you can contact Evi Giannakopoulos directly. She imparts knowledge and accompanies people through sustainable change processes.
With the stress away® method, she pursues a holistic health concept for body, mind and soul. She combines western science with eastern medicine.