“Mindfulness” is a popular buzzword these days — but it is much more than just a trend. There’s a reason mindfulness practices have persisted for centuries.
Mindfulness can make a bigger positive difference to your emotional and physical wellbeing than most people imagine possible before experiencing it first-hand. It can take a lot of forms (not just traditional “meditation”).
Mindfulness has been shown to lead to:
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- Improved sleep (fewer sleep disturbances)
- Reduced risk of depression relapse
- Reduced anxiety and stress
- Reduced substance cravings and substance use
- Improvements in chronic pain
- Greater resilience
- Increased optimism
- Increased relaxation and calm
- Increased ability to guide your attention (helps with ADD/ADHD)
- Increased emotional intelligence
- Enhanced creativity
- Stronger relationships
- Reduced shame and guilt
- Increased sense of self and connection to one’s body
With mindfulness the “bumps” in the road of life seem far less large. Time feels more spacious. Even taking the time out to practice mindfulness, people often report feeling like that have more time in the day. They feel less rushed, more focused, and more able to savour the moment. Life feels easier and richer, with virtually no side effects.
What if I’m not the meditating/mindfulness type?
There are a lot of forms of mindfulness. You don’t have to be “good” at meditation, a seasoned yogi, a “new age type,” to start practicing mindfulness and reaping the benefits straight away. The positive impacts start immediately and keep growing over time.
I’m here to help guide you in the process and to tailor mindfulness practices that fit well with your personality and lifestyle (realistically taking into account time constraints, kids barging in, and all the rest). It makes a huge difference to have someone work with you to develop the habit and find what works best for you (what really works best, not what you think you “should” like doing)!
What if I get anxious when I try to meditate?
Many people say they’re “bad” at meditating, because they tried before and their minds were racing, and/or they felt anxious. Many people have this experience, especially when trying to start meditation or mindfulness on their own with little instruction. It doesn’t have to be so rocky!
Starting with, “I’m going to close my eyes and clear my mind now” without much further guidance is a recipe for having your mind race with anything and everything (it’s a green light for your mind to flit between your to-do list, that thing that happened yesterday, a random advertising jingle that was popular when you were seven, and on and on and on). Worse yet — you may end up kicking yourself for having racing thoughts and be tempted to give up altogether! Again, starting a mindfulness practice need not be that way.
Good instruction and mentorship helps, as does finding a style of mindfulness practice that works well for you, as discussed above. I work with people to ease into mindfulness practices as well, often starting with guided exercises that build the “muscles” for mindfulness. It’s something that is learned and practiced. Much like nobody expects that you’ll play like Jimmy Hendrix the first time you pick up a guitar, nobody expects you to be the Dalai Lama when you sit down to meditate. Thankfully, you don’t need to have tons of practice, or the skills of a monk, to benefit from mindfulness.
Working with me as a mindfulness coach helps pave the way forward to develop a practice with less frustration, guilt, and shame involved. And if things come up that do spark some anxiety, I’m here to help you get back on track.
Sounds good — what’s next?
I offer group trainings and one-on-one coaching for mindfulness. Above you’ll find a mailing list for upcoming group training updates. Contact me using the form below, or on 0473 954 392 or email@example.com for one-on-one coaching.