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Office Mindfulness: Is It For You?

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Mindfulness is in the news quite often these days. Whether it’s at home with your family, during your time alone, or in the workplace, research suggests that cultivating more mindfulness can come with numerous benefits. Mindfulness is being present in the current moment. It’s slowing down enough to focus on where you are. So, can busy loan officers benefit from having a bit more of this in their lives? In many cases, yes. While this will certainly differ from person to person, experimenting with more mindfulness in the office can often give you a real boost. Whether it’s meditation, more breaks, a less frantic pace, or short breathing exercises, there are countless ways for loan officers to bring more of this into their daily lives. Why give it a try?

Lower Stress

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for reducing stress. The more time we spend focusing on the present, the less we spend worrying about the past and the future. This doesn’t mean we won’t reflect or plan ahead, but it does mean that we’ll do so more intentionally. Mindfulness is also about paying attention to our pace. Are you constantly rushing from one thing to the next with no time to pause? This can quickly lead to burnout. Striving to be more mindful means keeping the pace in check. If things start to feel frantic, you know it’s time for a breather. The less stressed you are, the more productive you will become. So, if an occasional mindful break at work could help you work even more efficiently, why not give it a try?

Boost Focus

Instead of having our thoughts drift into stressful territory, mindfulness is a gentle effort to pull them back to the here and now. It’s a practice. It’s not always easy to control our thoughts, and the more often we train them to stay in the present, the easier that will become. This is especially beneficial for professionals who feel easily distracted. Incorporating some mindfulness practices into your office life can help increase your concentration, allowing you to accomplish more in less time and often producing higher-quality work. We live in a world with seemingly endless distractions, so working to build your focus can only help you.

Make Stronger Connections

When we’re mindful in our interactions, we’re fully present. This means engaging in active listening. Instead of planning your next talking point or getting lost in thought, mindfulness helps you tune in to your conversations. This leads to more productive interactions and stronger connections. Whether it’s with prospects, clients, or coworkers, stronger relationships are foundational for a successful business.

 

Mindfulness is a practice. It’s something that we can build and develop over time if we put in the consistent effort. And it’s something that looks different for all of us depending on our unique needs and situations. What are the mindfulness practices that work for you during the workday? Please share them with us!

Disclosure.

This is not an advertisement pursuant to 12 C.F.R. 1026.2(a)(2). This is informational, recruiting material intended for mortgage professionals only and is not for distribution to consumers or prospective applicants for residential mortgage loans. Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership, NMLS ID 66247, is an Equal Housing Opportunity Lender. Corporate Address: 3701 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 200, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273. Licensing information can be found at: https://cardinalfinancial.com/nmls-licensing/.