BUSINESSES can find out the possible benefits of mindfulness in the workplace free if they act quickly.
Ellena Fries, a Penzance psychotherapist and mindfulness practitioner, is offering two more chances for local firms to take up a free introductory package offer as she looks to establish her new business.
"Mindfulness-based stress reduction in the workplace has become much more popular in the UK after having been proved to be very successful in the USA," she said.
"Indeed, Google, Glaxo- SmithKline and KPMG are among the major companies which recognise the benefits. These include improving employees' ability to handle stress, better resilience and psychological wellbeing, better emotional intelligence, improved performance in concentration and memory and improved problem-solving and decision-making."
Ellena has already run one Mindfulness in the Workplacecourse for a group of four workers with the Penwith Volunteer Bureau (PVB), but says the course is adaptable.
"It's suitable for any sort of organisation or business," she said. "I can run a course for 10 or 15 people – any size of team which thinks they might benefit from the course."
Anne Oxley, from the PVB, is full of praise for its benefits.
"The course was a transformational experience for all of us," she said.
"The course teaches you mindfulness techniques which enable you to think more calmly and rationally about both life and work.
"It gives you the tools to take a step back and to learn how to cope better with stressful situations and the day-to-day pressures of work.
"Ellena delivers the course in a very calm and supportive way. The difference she's made to the way we think and act is tangible."
The free packages include an assessment meeting, four 75-minute sessions of teaching and practising mindfulness in the workplace and an evaluation session to look at outcomes.
If you are interested in finding out more, log on to www.spiritofgrowth.co.uk, e-mail Ellena Fries at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07900 324079.