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Mindfulness has become a ‘buzz’ word within the wellbeing industry. Mindfulness meditation apps such as Headspace have soared from 1 million downloads in 2014 to 65 million downloads in 2020. Additionally, there has been an explosion in mindfulness research with 147 publications produced in 2010 to 1,153 in 2020. Studies show that the benefits of mindfulness can improve focus, productivity and sleep as well as manage common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. Mental health issues though in the workplace continue to rise. Our research shows that in the UK:
17.9 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2019/20.
828,000 workers alone suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or longstanding) in 2019/20.
Additionally, a loss in working days inevitably causes a loss in business revenue. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the...